The Lifework of Many

by Shelley Noonan

When I learned Shelley was looking for guest contributors for B&B, I jumped at the chance to post on this chapter; The Accomplished Girl.

Back in the early 1900’s, (and shortly after the Industrial Revolution where many women worked outside the home) when the original Beautiful Girlhood was first penned, Mrs. Hale knew that “a majority come in time to be housewives and mothers.”

She knew, as numerous mothers now seem to so easily dismiss, that “this is the lifework of many.”

Since our daughters will care for a home someday, they will surely need homemaking skills. I’ve always found it peculiar that although the world will agree homes need care and upkeep, that these same will balk at the idea of the wife doing the care taking.

If not the wife, then whom? No matter our daughter’s chosen profession, the home she lives in will still need dishes washed, meals prepared, clothes mended and floors scrubbed.

Our blessed calling as mothers is to train our daughters in the ways of the Lord.

“…older women…admonish the young women…to be homemakers.” Titus 2:3-5 NKJV

It is a delight to work alongside our blossoming young ladies and teach them the workings of a home. We’ve got much to teach our dear daughters and so little time! During the ages of 9-13, we should purpose to train proper homemaking skills such as:

  • Effectively and efficiently cleaning each room in the house
  • Proper washing of pots and pans, tableware and utensils
  • Preparing nutritious and appealing meals
  • Mending clothing
  • Entertaining with “grace and ease”

What a joyous duty and liberty! We can, and should, share joy with our daughters as we work alongside them each day to train them in the arts of homemaking. This isn’t training that they will be receiving anywhere else. Many home economics courses have been dropped in high schools across the country, and very few if any colleges will offer Homemaking as a major.

It’s you dear Mother, who will train your growing daughters to care for their future homes. It is you who will instill in her a desire to be accomplished in homemaking skills. And it is you who will show her, by example, how to offer hospitality in her home, by offering hospitality in your home.

We as Mothers simply must teach our young ladies proper care for home and family, “for this is the lifework of many.”

Jennifer is the cherished wife of a very visionary man, and a home schooling mother to almost a dozen children. Her deepest desire is to consistently love her husband and children, and to be a diligent and joyful keeper at home. Her favorite pastime is to encourage fellow housewives in their highest calling of wife and mother. Her and her family just finished a project to teach and encourage wives everywhere: Homemaking in  her Homemaking 101 on DVD. She can be found blogging at Renewing Housewives.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah ervin January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

my family has Homemaking 101 on DVD


Shelley January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Has this been a help to you and your girls?


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