One thing my years as a stay-at-home Mom did for me is to help me to learn to be frugal and resourceful and it helped me to understand the magnitude of the job and responsibilities and the influence that a homemaker really holds.
Being a homemaker does not mean just keeping a clean house. A homemaker does cook and clean (with help from other family members!), but there is a lot more to making a home. A homemaker will strive to make their home an inviting place with joy and laughter, which is really one of our most important responsibilities.
To make a house a home, we must also be counselors, psychiatrists, organizers, decorators, and home economists especially if we are to manage a family on one income.
I stayed home with my children until they reached Junior High. Yes, it meant I had to really pinch pennies but in the process, I learned a lot of skills I had not learned growing up. The rewards of my efforts were evident in my family and that was payment enough for me.
I was not organized by nature and I really was not that great of a cook but I did learn.
A couple of my sources for learning how to be a homemaker were books by author Beverly Nye. My well worn copies of "A Family Raised on Rainbows" and "A Family Raised on Sunshine" did as much to help me as anything.
Now days we have the Internet with a world of recipes, children's activities, organizing and financial advice and much more. There is a lot to learn but it is out there, both on the Internet and the Library.
I don't think we are ever "done" with learning skills and we all can use a little help in making our homes our sanctuaries.
I am going to make a concentrated effort to publish links and sources on this blog because children or not, married or not, or whether you are male or female, in the words of Beverly Nye... "Everybody's a Homemaker."