Stay At Home — Can You Afford It?

Friday’s post Working At Home was an introduction to a topic that is on my heart for a long, long time: Homemaking. I mentioned that most homemakers face judgmental questions, doubts of self-worth and the burden of meeting needs with just one income.

A homemaker’s biggest burden — and doubt — to overcome is when people tell her that, nowadays, a woman can’t really afford to stay at home. She has to work to help meet the needs of the family. Besides, she needs to socialize.

My heart breaks when people throw a young woman, who wants to be a keeper at home, out of her balance by these shaky arguments! What can she say in response to them?

Before I continue, let me be clear on that: I’m not talking about women who cannot afford to stay at home because their income is the only one coming in to support the family.

Let’s put aside the argument that a woman needs to be with others and tackle the financial issue today.

Good value for money

The main problem society has with the job of a home-keeper is that it’s unpaid. And we seem to have a problem with that, too — don’t we? I mean, what’s the worth of the woman’s job if there is no pay to it? Often enough we do not see the worth of the jobs done by a homemaker. But, say, do we go for treasures on earth or do we long to build up treasures in heaven? (Matthew 6:19-21)

If you found a car you want to buy but you keep on shopping around until you found one that is of greater value but costs 1,000 less than the first one you wanted to buy — was it worth it?

If you do a bit more research and compare prices online until you find the same holiday deal for a few hundred banknotes less — was it worth it?

If you like calendulas (or any other plants to grow) and you resist to buy the plants for 5.95 each but, instead, take the time to sow seeds from the 100-seeds-package you bought in the garden center for 2.95 — will it be worth it?

Think about it… I will dig deeper into the worth of a stay at home woman in future posts. So, please, stay tuned!

Author: Mirjam

Once lost, now found. German native, now living in the beautiful Sunny South East of Ireland. Helpmate, homemaker, mom, writer. Using my pen name (Mirjam Fels) I'm writing for and about Christian women.

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