The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a housewife as “a married woman who stays at home, does cleaning, cooking, etc., and does not have another job outside the home”. This is a vague. Merriam-Webster’s simple definition of stay-at-home is “staying at home to take care of a child instead of working somewhere else”. This is even more vague. With a glance at these two definitions the main difference between them is that martial status isn’t mentioned in the stay-at-home definition.
The difference is more than martial status. The mind set of a housewife differs from the one of a stay-at-home parent. A stay-at-home mom may make the career decision based on the comparison of income verses cost of childcare with the consideration of working to pay someone else to raise their child. A housewife chooses to dedicate her professional energy to the improvement of her family. Her desire is to invest all of her goodness into supporting her family. Supporting her husband and his career, raising their children with values, and being available and attentive to their needs.
Coordinating, overseeing, and fulfilling all the task of a professional housewife can be exhausting and is often way undervalued by others, and at times by ourselves. Society is due for a clearer vision of what a housewife is and how beneficial her role is to not only her family but to society. A true housewife fulfills her role with vision and foresight, she values morals and sets goals for her family.
I spent years balancing my career and family. After life circumstances intervened, I became a stay at home mother. I am currently working on earning my promotion to a professional housewife. I invite you to join me on this journey.