Don't worry, I'll be back with more Orthonomic posts. . . . . but in the meantime, try this on for size. :)I don't know when the term "Stay at Home Mom" (SAHM) replaced the term "homemaker," but I really dislike (read: can't stand) the former term, even though I often find myself using the term to tell people what I do . . . . And that is precisely why I hate the term, because it does absolutely nothing to describe what I do.
A teacher teaches, an accountant accounts for the accounts, an administrator administrates, a therapist provides therapy, a driver drives, a cleaning lady cleans, and a stay at home mom stays home, correct?
Unless you want to find another term to describe all of my duties (caregiver/babysitter, preschool teacher, camp director, chief dean of discipline, counselor, driver, librarian, project manager, cleaning lady, chef, baker, hairdresser, buyer, inventory supervisor, organizer, handy woman, bookkeeper, tax preparer, tax planner, investment advisor, financial planner, and budget analyst, etc), than feel free to call me a homemaker.
But my function is not to "stay at home," my function is to make this house into a home. So, I'd much prefer the chashuve title homemaker rather than the new and ever so popular title SAHM. The title homemaker makes me feel professional, and I try to treat my duties here with the care of any CEO. Being called a SAHM makes me feel lazy. And that I am not.
Excuse me now while I return to eating my bon-bons (errrrrrr, scrubbing my counter tops and managing the cookie and challah baking. . . . . not in that order of course).
To the SAHMs out there, what do you prefer to be called?