Homemakers are half artists and half scientists.
The success of modern culture hinges on our willingness to value and respect the domestic arts and sciences.
And yet, somewhere along the way, homemaking got a bad rap. There are several reasons why this occurred, but the end result is that, in our culture, being a homemaker lost much of its status and appeal.
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How Homemakers of Today Are Creating Inspired, Love-Filled Homes
When a culture doesn’t value its homemakers (regardless of gender), then fewer people opt to become one (even when they hear the call to this vocation), and this poses a problem.
Our lives our not made from big, dramatic “oscar moments,” despite what you see in movies. Rather, our lives are formed from small, everyday moments.
Fortunately, a new era of state-of-the-art homemakers are choosing this vocation — status be damned — and demonstrating true artistry in creating inspired homes. They excel at domestic science!
A Homemaker Is Master of the Quotidian and Keeper of the Hearth
Our little daily habits and rituals might seem inconsequential when looked at separately, but when looked at in their consecutive entirety, it’s easy to recognize them for what they are: the very fabric of our lives. True homemakers see homemaking as an art and a science. Homemakers are in charge of society’s daily habits and rituals. They facilitate life and living.
“home is where we nourish, heal, and recharge
our spirits, our minds, and our bodies,
and whoever facilitates that is a sort of modern-day shaman”
Our daily life forms our “quotidian.” Our quotidian is sacred. It forms young psyches and makes — or breaks — cultures. I believe passionately that we need to return status to today’s homemaker.
Fortunately, as the world as moved online, talented homemakers now have a way to encourage each other and exchange valuable information about how to do their vocations even better. They are feeling less isolated and more supported. For example, stay-at-Home dads, who previously might have felt like they were the only stay-at-home dad in the universe, now can go online I find thousands of other dads who make homemaking their career.
“…the identity of the at-home dad is evolving, on the playground and in the culture at large. To this new cohort, the decision to stay home with the children is seen not a failure of their responsibilities as men, but a lifestyle choice — one that makes sense in an era in which women’s surging salaries have thrown the old family hierarchy into flux; and men have embraced a more fluid interpretation of a career that places a premium on fulfillment, not money and status” ~ Alex Williams / NY Times
In fact, the number of stay-at-home fathers has reached a record high. Additionally, there has been a sharp increase in the number of work-from-home dads (over 630,000 in the US) who are entrepreneurs and consultants — they office at home so they can participate and contribute to home life.
Yes, I actually do believe that the well-being of modern society hinges on our ability to revere homemaking, and hold it as among the noblest of modern professions. When we can accomplish this, our culture will be healthier and less narcissistic. In my opinion, it’s very important that we achieve this.
Creating an Inspired Home from the Inside-Out
Recently, I was interviewed by the Forbes sisters of Inspired Everyday Living. Laura and Alison and I are aligned in our belief that a home is more than four walls — it is the foundation from which a stellar life is built. I invite you to have a look at the interview, and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions!