Posted by: amos2008 | June 4, 2013

Good news for children in the UK and the USA

 MORE AND MORE MOTHERS ARE RETURNING TO THE HOME

Several news readers in the UK today brought encouraging news for children: more and more mothers are refusing to neglect their children in order to enter the workforce. Doubtless the high cost of nursery schools and child minders is convincing many mothers that, after paying other people to do their work as mothers, there is very little financial benefit as a result. Figures were quoted showing a large drop in women in the boardroom and only a small fraction of new businesses are being set up by women. It’s clear that the feminist drive to force women out of the home and into work has failed.

Surveys by experts for many years have proved beyond any shadow of doubt that when a mother stays at home to care for her children they do much better at school, are much healthier and are less likely to engage in criminal activity or drug use.

C.S. Lewis said that, “Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars and government exist for except that people may be fed, warmed and safe in their own homes? The homemaker’s job is one for which all others exist.” The following quotes from articles in the USA and the UK prove just how right he was.

Clare Horsfall, in her blog http://stillreadingbedtimestories.wordpress.com says:

“We all need a home. For this, housework needs to be done and meals cooked. Why shouldn’t a man and woman bring all their creativity and intelligence into the home as well as the workplace? It doesn’t make sense to be an awesome professional, but not even know how to make your own bed!

Sometimes I think the feminists of past generations have let their daughters down. I remember going away with a group of friends, and someone spent 45 minutes struggling to cook scrambled eggs. Why had no one taught her this basic skill? Is this a win for feminism? Or just a generation of poorly skilled people?

I want to show my children that these “old-fashioned domestic skills” have value in their lives, and hopefully they will one day feel confident in creating a home for those that they love.”

 

 Alexandra Carlton, in a Herald article in USA, looks at the hunger for all things domestic by smart women who are swapping boardrooms for bunting and bake-offs. She writes:

“Tumbling over each other like puppies in a basket, four children play on a rug while their mother Corrie Sebire, in a patchwork skirt and bare feet, works on her latest knitting project. Her rustic, dark-wood table is home to an elegant vase of lilies and a sour cream and passionfruit cake is cooling in the kitchen (the recipe will feature on her blog, Retro Mummy, before it is eaten). Later, she’ll pick up her eldest girl from school.

If you had met Sebire 10 years ago, you would not have foreseen the life she has today as a fully-fledged domestic goddess. At 26 she was working long hours as the credit analyst on a $1 billion portfolio with a leading Japanese investment bank. Today she shares baking, knitting and sewing projects with her 37,000 readers and the front room of her large, airy home has been converted into a sewing den piled high with pink, blue and green fabric samples and other crafting supplies. You could call it Stepford-esque.

But in a busy world, it has a strangely calming effect. Call Corrie Sebire a retro housewife and she won’t be in the least offended. “I [love] life at home, baking, knitting, sewing, going to Tupperware parties,” she writes on the blog. “It feels so ‘1950s housewife’.”

She hasn’t made her lifestyle choice – and it is definitely a choice – in a vacuum. Around the country, tertiary-educated women who grew up steeped in girl power and feminism have turned their backs on a career. They are pulling fresh scones from ovens, setting up backyard chicken coops and planning lessons for their home-schooled children.

They are posting their menu plans on lifestyle blogs, Instagramming their hand-picked flower arrangements and birthing crafting businesses from their spare rooms. You could call it retro, a retreat, or, depending on your cynicism levels, a regression. But indisputably, it’s a slow but certain shift of consciousness towards valuing the home and the cosy, often nostalgic activities that take place within it. It’s the new cult of domesticity, with a new breed of housewife at its helm.”

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