by Lori Alexander from Always Learning – The Consternation Over Housework
Editor’s note: The beginning of this piece Lori was talking about how something she wrote about women only doing the housework went viral. I cannot find what she’s talking about, but it doesn’t matter since she’s apparently repeating it here again. While she’s right that loading and unloading a dishwasher and folding clothes are very quick and easy tasks, it’s not clear anywhere in the Bible that either are GENDERED tasks like she claims. Here there are times when my husband has done the dishes and I’ve mowed the grass. Last night he scrubbed the toilet and vacuumed our guest bedroom while I picked a ton of produce in the garden for dinner and made the bed in that room because we were having an unexpected overnight guest. We did what we had to do to get ready. Guess what, neither of us are any less masculine or feminine for having done what she considers a gendered task. In Lori’s world I would have ended up doing three of those tasks and my husband only one. You do what you have to do to run your household without worrying about stupid gender labels.
The thing about housework is it really is not that difficult. I can unload a dishwasher in five minutes. Fold a load of laundry in ten minutes. If you timed yourself on how long it takes, you would see it doesn’t take that much time. If you do a little bit every day while trying to keep the kitchen clean after every meal, you will have a clean and tidy home. Then, when your husband comes home, he can simply enjoy you, the children, and a clean, relaxing home. As your children grow older, train them how to keep the home clean. and pick up after themselves. I know this one mother with nine children and after she had her fifth baby on, she didn’t have to do any housework since she had trained her older children to do it. She was able to spend all of her time with the babies, young children, and homeschooling. They tend the garden together.Husbands who work hard all day shouldn’t have to come home and do housework. If my dad and Ken’s dad never did it but our mothers were able to do it, you can do it. If after taking care of these you have left over time, then do as you please but don’t neglect being a “keeper at home” as the Lord commands.
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