Mother and Homemaker
Created a happy, healthy environment to foster positive emotional and physical development for two small boys
Provided early childhood education: Taught the children proper eating, dressing and toilet habits and personal hygiene, read and discussed books, encouraged creative expression through crafts, imaginative play, music and movement, visited local museums, libraries and parks and guided their social development
Maintained familial accounts and budgets
Organized and maintained schedules and made appointments
Planned and coordinated weekly special events and outings
Maintained a clean, well-organized environment
Ensured that clothing and household items were laundered, dry-cleaned, or mended when needed.
Planned and executed a healthy well-balanced menu of three meals a day, plus snacks, for a family of four
Maintained personal autonomy through continued learning, reading, crafting and writing
It is simply untrue that, because I'm not working outside the home, I am not using (or that I don't have) skills and experience which would be valuable in any workplace. It is also untrue that I'm not developing new skills and experience. This is not a cake walk, people. (I know YOU know that... but so many people don't). I'm not just sitting at home, watching Oprah and eating bonbons, after all (Oprah cuts way too much into my blogging time and bonbons make my butt look big).
And all the people who undervalue my work - my homemaking, my child raising, my crafting and my blogging? Yeah. They can TOTALLY suck it.
oh and ps: when I say "maintained a clean, well-organized environment"? That's a sometimes kind of thing - an every once in while kind of thing.
And that last one - that "maintained personal autonomy" one? is key. It's just so, so KEY.