By housewife & stay at home mother, I mean a woman who stays at home, keeps the house clean, takes care of the kids, takes them to and from school(or extracurricular activities), makes sure the husband and kids have breakfast, lunch and dinner on time...
while the husband works...
degrading? terrible choice?
My grandma was a housewife her whole life and my grandpa never had to lift a finger. She was a housewife up until the day she died...and after that he had to be taken in cause he couldn't even cook for himself.
But they were a traditional Hispanic couple...it's not really common among the other ahem, cultureless races/ethnicities in America
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Something is only degrading if you feel like it is, or are made to. My mom stayed at home and my dad treated her like gold and appreciated what she did, so she didn't feel degraded at all. My wife stayed at home while our kids were young and loved it because I appreciated her as well. She's been back to work now for about 7 years and though she enjoys her work most of the time, not a day goes by when BOTH us don't miss her being at home. Life was so much simpler then for every one of us.
I think the "degrading" perception comes from the fact that men underappreciated the stay-at-homers for years, and during / after the women's movement women themselves have disrespected them them and made them feel like "less than real women".
I do feel like the tide has begun to turn and both men and women are finally beginning to realize the value of a homemaker. If you have kids, it's the most important job there is. Unfortunately, most families can't afford to not have both parents earning an income.2