Arguments Against Full-Time Homemaking

When I discuss the issue of homemaking with people who are not too keen about the idea they usually argue that…

In today’s world a woman can no longer stay at home full-time. The family just couldn’t afford it.

It’s usually the men who are saying this and then they’ll list all kinds of expenses their family has. They couldn’t possibly meet all their family’s needs, could they? Women, on the other side, tend to give me another reason for having to go to work…

Work is a welcome change to the monotony of housework. I just couldn’t stay home all day. What am I to do the whole day long? I need to go out of the house and meet other people.

Let’s tackle one at a time, shall we?

Raising a Family On One Income?

Is it possible for a family of four to live in a 800-1200 square feet house? It sure is! Bigger homes not only cost more to buy or rent but also to maintain. Especially with the current energy prices, heating the larger home could end up costing you a fortune. 

Is it possible to feed a family of four on one income? It sure is! A great side-effect being, they usually eat healthier and more regularly than a family where both parents are working outside the home.

But what about owning a car, a house, going on vacation, buying gadgets and all? Well…

I find that this is the main reason why a couple does not want to be living on one income or why they would say that it isn’t possible for them to be living on one income.

You see, if only one person is working and making money, then the family will have to cut back a bit, of course. That doesn’t mean, though, that they won’t survive on less money. Truth is, and here lies the challenge, we need to ask ourselves: are both incomes needed for our family’s survival or to fulfill our family’s dreams?

We could ask: What about the second car, for example. Do we really need it? If both of us are working outside the home, we sure do. Then we will need to spend money to buy it and on insurance, gas and maintenance.

There are many ways how we can cut down our monthly expenses and save money. Stay tuned, I will get into more details in future posts.

But what about the other argument against full-time homemaking? Monday’s post will offer more on that 😉


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