Do you consider Home Making a profession?

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    andycoolposted 12 years ago

    Home Makers or sometimes called House Wives are professionals who're engaged in improving our homes. But very often they just don't get the credit they deserve from this profession. Many people just don't consider Home Making a profession! What do you think about this profession? Do you consider it a profession at all?

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      No, not in the technical sense at least.  A professional has advanced training in a specialized field.  Though one could argue that homemakers have a lot of training, some do and some don't.  A woman who has just attained the position is a homemaker of about a week.  A professional who has just attained her position has been studying for 4-10 years on the subject.  Homemaking requires thinking on your feet, versatility, discernment, thriftyness, among other things.  It is not necessarily easy to do it well.  But it is easier, I'd say, than being a brain surgeon.

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        andycoolposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Then what's it.. is it a charitable service or is it not a service at all? Professionalism as you mentioned that requires training of some minimum stipulated time period should not be actual definition because there is no training available in any University on this subject! But that doesn't necessarily mean the subject can't be taught. Thanks! smile

        1. couturepopcafe profile image60
          couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          True, that.  There may still be some 'finishing schools' for young ladies.  When I was in high school, we did have classes in cooking, sewing, basic architectural schools of thought, child rearing, health.  I don't think they have it anymore.  I guess I would say homemaking is a private endeavor, one which, when done with love and care, provides a support system for an entire family.  Even people who live alone can make a home a nice place with this caretaking.

          It is definately a service, and often underappreciated by a family.

          There are probably classes in higher education on homemaking skills, but they are just not classified into a degree as such.

    2. Pandoras Box profile image61
      Pandoras Boxposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I gotta admit, I don't see a need to view it as a profession. It's an extremely important thing just for what it is, being a homemaker, and nearly every woman is whether or not she holds a profession. Why can't we just appreciate it for what it is without feeling a need to say it's something else?

      Besides which, being a homemaker is a heck of alot more important than pretty much any profession.

  2. Beege215e profile image57
    Beege215eposted 12 years ago

    I have met some homemakers with 20 years experience. The house is dirty, she can't cook worth a toot, and her husband is having an affair. Is she a professional?  Does she take pride in her work? Does she sit around and eat cookies and watch tv all day? 
    Forgeting about the training part, homemaking is a career some women choose. They may choose that career because they want to stay at home and take care of the family, and they have enough self respect to work hard at their new career. They are willing to learn how to do it right, or at least to the best of their ability, They care about what they are doing.  In that respect perhaps they are more professional than a clerk at city hall who misfiles every piece of paper that comes across her desk.  In my humble opinion, it always depends on the individual doing the job as to whether it is being done professionally.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      True.  And the example you used of the diry house gal is not a homemaker.  She's a liability.

  3. sofs profile image78
    sofsposted 12 years ago

    Professional work is never done with love, may be efficiency or or a certain amount of passion, but the work of a homemaker is filled with love.. remember 'Home maker' is the word...

    It is a sacrifice more than profession.. you can't retire or quit, you are on call 2x7x365 and it is a thankless job most of the time..

    But I can assure you that it is worth every bit of it... I threw up my career with an It Giant to be at home and I don't regret it, seeing my family and the way our kids are turning out.. It is more than a profession a life of love!! smile smile smile

    1. Teddletonmr profile image72
      Teddletonmrposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hum, allow me to interject this, homemakers balance the household  budget, create a menu, and aquire the needed food stuffs for that menu.
      Homemakers establish and oversee the execution of the family schedule, doctors appointments, music practice, girl scout cookie sales drives, and family vacations. Homemakers supervise trades persons working on and around the home, negotiate prices and approve contracts.
      What profession requires a more diverse skill set?

      1. nell79 profile image79
        nell79posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Haha! I couldn't have said it better smile

      2. couturepopcafe profile image60
        couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      3. Disturbia profile image60
        Disturbiaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Well there are working moms who also do all those things you mention and have a full time job or career as well.  I don't think working around the house, planning meals, food shopping, paying bills, etc. is all that difficult and frankly I'd be bored out of my mind if that was all I did, especially when the kids are in school all day or grown.  I'm a mom with ADHD and two daughters both of whom also have ADHD and one also has learning disabilities, as well as a three year old grandson who lives with me, and I have my own interior design business as well.  I also do volunteer work in my community.  Seriously, I don't think the home making is anywhere as big a deal as some people would like everyone else to think it is.  If you're organized well, you can whip thru the house work in no time, just make a schedule for yourself and stick to it.   For me, house work is like therapy, something I can do, complete, and feel a sense of accomplishment when it's done.  I don't think of it as "work" at all.  Also, I don't forget to have fun.  big_smile

        1. nell79 profile image79
          nell79posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I don't find it boring at all. My hands are full and so is my time. If I do get a spare moment, I'm not bored then either, as I find something to do for myself (such as writing or socializing).

          I don't really think it's fair to say that something isn't a job because it's not particularly difficult. Not everyone has the same lives or standards for how they run things, so it's hard to say that it's the same for everyone. I'd certainly call what I do a job, but it's one I enjoy and think I do pretty well.

          In any case, there are lots of publically recognized and paid professions that aren't particularly difficult either. Haha

          I know everyone has their own opinion about this though smile

    2. MehreenM profile image61
      MehreenMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Homemaking should be categorized as a profession and professional training should be made common for those people who are interested in pursuing it.  As it is, there are many people who don't puruse their passions for mere monetary reasons but because they love to do what they do at their jobs and are content despite not having a strong financial base.

      Getting a little specific, homemaking is a very underrated pursuit given the time it takes and the challenge it presents, not to mention the fulfillment that one tends to gain from pursuing it.

  4. nell79 profile image79
    nell79posted 12 years ago

    I suppose the answer to your question all depends on who is answering it.

    I'm a homemaker. I call it my profession and I fully believe I have the best job in the world! I love what I do and though I may not get financial compensation for it, I do get compensated in other ways. I'm close to my children, I get to be here when they need me (which is frequent, even as they've gotten older) and I get to be a the most prominent influence in their lives.

    I do a little of everything, and while it's not always easy, it's always worth it. This is my chosen career and when this stage is over, I'm sure I'll find another to fill my time smile

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      andycoolposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate your point... compensation need not be always in financial terms. One has to deeply think about financial compensation... how is it different from the compensation you're talking about. I think one should take into account what money does for us... if you think you need money for your family's welfare then that makes no difference.

  5. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    It can be a job, but a 'profession' is a self-regulating group often with a core specialised curriculum, codified ethics and a national association (e.g. clergy, law, medicine) and I don't think home making, or for that matter content writing fits that category.

    I think suggesting every worthy activity needs to be a profession doesn't respect the equal important of trades, crafts, callings and employments.  It is not only professions that "matter".

  6. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 12 years ago

    well according to's "Domestic Goddess"..big_smile

    in all seriousness, the "homemaker" is grossly underpaid and is not at all appreciated for what she or he does...

  7. Greek One profile image64
    Greek Oneposted 12 years ago

    yes I do

    1. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      what about home breaking?

      1. Greek One profile image64
        Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        i dont support the type you are referring to...

        however I have accidentally demolished parts of homes due to ill advises home self-improvement renovations

  8. Tom Cornett profile image82
    Tom Cornettposted 12 years ago

    I see it as one of the most important jobs in the world.  Nurturing, teaching, guiding and caring for the very future of humanity.  smile

  9. LSKing profile image69
    LSKingposted 12 years ago

    Uhmmmm, I work from home, carry at least 12 credit hours a semester, have three kids ages 9,7, and 5. Two cats and a full grown man child...... yeah I would say that it's a profession because people always tell me they wouldn't trade jobs with me.

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    zita=justina<3posted 12 years ago

    what else is it?

  11. Joy56 profile image67
    Joy56posted 12 years ago

    it is to some, but i hate it, it is a necessary evil

  12. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    I get the feeling people thing profession just means 'important duty', and it doesn't.

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      C.J. Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      Home Making is a "VOCATION" not a "PROFESSION". An extremely important vocation at that. "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world"

  13. Rafini profile image71
    Rafiniposted 12 years ago

    No.  Professionals become professionals by studying and earning a degree.  Homemakers become homemakers by creating an "ideal" home through trial and error.  Not to mention professionals are paid high salaries and homemakers receive no compensation.

    1. Joy56 profile image67
      Joy56posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      and to add to that, they often do not receive any thanks, and can be totally taken for granted. How professional is that, i ask you


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