Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today I Did the Housewife Thing.

I do the housewife stuff everyday. 

We are a traditional family. 

By that I mean that the husband earns the money and the wife stays with the kids and runs the household.

We're a one income family.  By choice.  This is the kind of family that Tony and I have always wanted. 

The traditional family is now the minority in this country (USA).  I can't remember exactly what the statistic is, but something like 25% to 28%.  I was really surprised it was that low because I know a lot of families structured like ours.

My mom sent me a link to this interesting article about how women under 30 just don't have the domestic skills that their mothers and grandmothers have/had.  I understand that a lot of homey-type abilities just aren't needed anymore, but I still think it's sad to lose that know-how because it can't hurt to have the knowledge even if you never have to utilize it.  My goal is to learn as much as I can about how to do stuff.  Not just the things that Laura Ingalls Wilder could do (that woman and her family could do ANYTHING!!!), but I'd like to know how to do some of the boy scout stuff too.  I've got a ways to go! 

I'm going to be able to do everything in these books some day.

I should figure out how to do the linky thing and then we can link up and show off the cool domestic skills we have and learn from each other.  But just in case I don't ever get around to it please send me the links to the neat things you know how to do so I can be cool like you.  Thanks!  :P


Faith said...

i like your label, haha...i wanna have skills too!!!! :)

Vicky said...

As a fellow "housewife", I also wish I could be as amazingly good at everything, like the older generation were... but I have long since accepted that I'm far too lazy. Doesn't mean I don't still have moments when I try. Canning is on my list of domestic skills I want to learn!

Amy said...

You need to visit the Damsel in dis dress. I follow her, you can click on my profile to get to her blog. She's crazy amazing and teaches you how to do things like make your own almond milk, dryer sheets, and laundry detergent. Queen of self-reliance. Seriously. Love it!

I wanna can some jam, chicken, beans, and get a wheat grinder.

MommyMert said...

:) Im in, lets learn together.

Myrnie said...

Nice :) http://doityourselfmama.wordpress.com My husband wants me to write a book...about everything I've tried to learn to do ;) (gardening, soy milk, baking, cheese, yogurt, butter, almond milk, rice milk, worm bins, composting, companion gardening, pot gardening, raised bed gardening, sewing, beading....!! haha, it's terrible :)

Mrs. K said...

I agree with you. I don't think it would hurt to learn more. I've recently taken up sewing (with a machine) and I'm liking it.

Charlotte (Life's a Charm!) said...

My dryer quit heating up, and quit drying my wet clean laundry. It would just rotate but not heat up. I really hated doing the laundry but then I would hate the dryer quitting on me and have to hang the laundry myself to dry them up. Now that the dryer is working again, I have an added appreciation to all these machines that makes our lives, especially us housewives, easier and convenient!
I can speak for myself that the reasons that make me less interested in do-it-yourself stuffs and learning 'homey-abilities' is that modern living (here in America, especially) allows me these conveniences and the basic needs and more are readily available and accessible in state-of-the-art packaging.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Yeah, I'm a terrible housewife. I can't even keep my house clean and I barely cook. Sigh.