Family · Mommy Coaching

The Other Side of Homemaking

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When I looked for a picture to go with this post I came across a lot of 1950’s images of women in aprons cooking or cleaning and modern women multitasking (usually looking overwhelmed). As a homemaker (especially full-time) a lot of effort and focus go into preparing food and cleaning, which is great. But being a homemaker is more than physical labor. You honor your marriage by supporting and respecting your husband. You also raise your children to respect authority and teach them values and life skills. I guess it is difficult to relay those things in a picture, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to actually do those things.

In marriage:

  • Say I love you. Often.
  • Respect your husbands feelings without trying to change or fix them.
  • Listen, rather than always needing to be heard.
  • Take interest in things that interest him.
  • Speak favorably of him in public.
  • Speak kindly to him.
  • Do things for him without expecting anything in return.
  • Forgive.
  • Trust his intentions and abilities.

In parenting:

  • Say I love you. Often.
  • Don’t just tell your children what to do, show them by setting an example.
  • Encourage them to have faith.
  • Don’t make things easy for them all the time.
  • Speak respectfully about other adults in front of them.
  • Speak about yourself positively in front of them.
  • Protect them.

Sticking with our theme of simplicity for this month, I’ll leave the list there. But there are a ton of other things you can do that require very little time (just intentional effort) to make your house a home. With busy lives these simple actions can sometimes be forgotten, so I encourage you to take some time this week to check in with yourself and your family and see what areas of the other side of homemaking may need your attention.

Have a great week!

-Coach Nay


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