Saturday, January 28, 2006

Stay-At-Home Wives

I found this article to be inspiring. There are many excellent articles out there on stay-at-home mothers (some of which I have linked in the past), but few on stay-at-home wives. I hope the article inspires you as it did me.

Hattip: Lady Lydia's blog

9 comments:

Adrian C. Keister said...

Great stuff, yet again. ;-)

Did you know that men whose wives stay at home earn more money, on average, than men whose wives work? Well, you probably did. :-) Now in an absolute sense, the sheer amount of money man and wife can earn if they're both working is more, but because of this interesting fact, the difference is not so great as one might suppose. Besides, men whose wives stay at home don't have all that extra worry about the home. They know the home is in competant hands. It relieves the man to concentrate on what he has to do.

When are the feminists going to get it out of their silly heads that work at home is somehow "inferior" to work in the workplace? Granted, housework does not usually require the same amount of brain power. Though I would definitely say that some of it does, especially being a smart shopper. But you know what I've found? I don't mind so much doing jobs that don't require a lot of brain power: I get to do something useful, while thinking about something else. Neat.

The big kicker is this: wives that stay at home have an opportunity for self-study for which I would drool. I would have a blast reading whatever I darn well pleased. I remember encountering a couple in Kentucky, where the wife stayed at home and did the housework. She also read a great deal. You know what the husband thought of that? He said, "There's nothing more attractive to me than to come home and find you reading." I liked that.

In Christ.

Mrs.B. said...

Hi Susan!

I too LOVED this post...probably because it REALLY pertained to me(o; I found it so encouraging. I go to a very conservative Church and yet some people there seem to think it's strange that I stay home even though I don't have any children. I feel so BLESSED to be able to do so.

Susan said...

Adrian said: Did you know that men whose wives stay at home earn more money, on average, than men whose wives work? Well, you probably did. :-)

Actually I didn't know that off the top of my head :). It does sound familiar, though, and not surprising. Thanks for sharing that fact. Kudos to the husband from KY whom you quoted :).

Mrs. B,
I thought of you when I posted the link to the article :). I remembered you mentioning in your "Seven 7's" that you have been a stay-at-home wife for 14(?) years. I thought that was so neat, so it stuck with me :).

Mrs.B. said...

Hi Susan....I've been a wife for 14 years but I haven't been home the entire time. I've never been a 'career' woman but I worked some part time jobs to help with $$ in the past....mostly either cleaning houses, babysitting and such. I didn't mean to be misleading....I probably didn't communicate it correctly.

Mrs.B. said...

BTW I like the new picture of you on your blog page....you look very pretty!

Susan said...

I've been a wife for 14 years but I haven't been home the entire time. I've never been a 'career' woman but I worked some part time jobs to help with $$ in the past....mostly either cleaning houses, babysitting and such.

Mrs. B,
Thanks for clearing that up :). It's still wonderful that you've been able to stay at home a good deal, including now. I'm glad you liked the article. Lady Lydia's blog has some really good articles.

Mrs.B. said...

Hi Susan,

Yes, I agree, Lady Lydia's blog is wonderful! I always feel so refreshed after visiting there. I also like it because she emphasises the importance of being a Godly(I never know whether to capitalize that word or not) wife. Many blogs focus more on motherhood....which is fine but since I'm not a mother and it's most likely that I'll never be one it's just nice to have a place to go for encouragement instead of focusing on what I don't have. Please understand, I'm NOT putting down the blogs that focus on motherhood. I didn't communicate very well but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say. (o:

Susan said...

Mrs. B,

I know exactly what you mean and realize you are not against blogs on motherhood :). I think it's great to have a combination of the two types of blogs, which is why I like both Crystal's blog and Lady Lydia's. LAF also does a good job of balancing article topics.

Mrs.B. said...

I'm glad you understood what I meant. Sometimes it's hard when you're posting......sometimes people think you mean one thing when you mean another so I just wanted to make sure you didn't think I was trying to put anyone down. Recently someone thought I was attacking them, personally, and putting down people when I wasn't so I'm probably just a little jumpy. (o: I should know better with you though, Susan, because you're VERY good at giving people the benefit of the doubt.