August 31, 2011

More than Just a Housewife

What does the word ‘housewife’ mean to you?

When I was single, young and innocent, housewife meant boredom to me. My Mom was a housewife and I rarely saw her had some fun; going out to shopping centers, hanging out with friends, or spending time alone just to have some fun. I always found my Mom at home; washing clothes, ironing them, cooking, cleaning the house, or watching telenovela on TV. That’s why I thought, “I don’t want to be a housewife. It’s boring!”

I remember my Mom once told me, “If it’s possible, don’t be a housewife just like me. You need to have your own job so that you won’t depend on your husband too much.”

I am not saying that being a housewife is a terrible thing. Housewives spend more time at home with the family. Thus, they can watch their children grow and take care of them well. Look at those career women who rarely spend time with their children. My sister is one of them. Seeing her going to work early in the morning and returning from work at night makes me wonder, “Is she ever able to accompany her children doing their homework?”

I am, in fact, a housewife. At present. I spend most of—if not always—my time at home. But I don’t want to be just a housewife. I want to do more. I don’t have a job—you know, that kind of job—but it doesn’t mean I can’t earn some money. As a matter of fact, I have my freelance writing jobs. I write five days a week, from Monday to Friday. I am well paid for the articles I wrote. I give private classes to children. I teach them English—and trust me, it’s difficult to teach English to Spanish children, yet it’s challenging at the same time. And again, I am well paid for the classes I give. I make crafts; hair ribbons, hair pins, key chains. I sell them to local stores and people call me when they need more. Again, I am well paid for the crafts I make.

Being a housewife isn’t an excuse for you to stop earning money. If you can work from home, why not? In fact, it’s fun to work from home—you can have some relax whenever you want to, you can work while eating a plate of fried noodles, you are free from traffic jam, and you have more time to spend with your family.

So for housewives out there, be more than just a housewife! Do other beneficial activities that help you to be financially independent—instead of using your husband’s money. You only need to think creatively. If you love making cake, you can start selling your cake to your neighbors (just like what my mother-in-law does). If you love photography, you can start offering your service for birthday parties (or even weddings!). If you love writing, you can start being a freelance writer, or a book writer! Every ideas count. It will take you somewhere :)

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