Apparently there are people out there turning to the internet to find out how to raise their daughters so that they will grow up to be happy housewives.
Because I am incredibly wise and experienced in this area I would like to fill in some advice which is missing from the world wide webz.
No, really! I mean it. If you want your daughter to be a happy housewife, do not raise her to be one. Keep her busy with the normal activities of American children and pretend that you care about her mind and furthering her education. Then someday she will perchance happen upon the concept of being a housewife and find it intriguing, appealing, and just a tad exotic (though goodness knows she won’t admit that last one to herself!).
Sure, she won’t be competent at first, but struggling through those first few homemade dinners and figuring out what to fill her linen closet with will be an adventure. As her confidence grows she will find it all so fulfilling!
If your daughter is raised to be a housewife then chances are, since she is your brilliant daughter, that she will be good at it. And if she is good at it, then it isn’t going to challenge her. And if it does not challenge her, she will be bored.
And a bored housewife isn’t going to be a good housewife, now is she?
Of course she might be one of the rare ones who finds ways of coping by making everything just a bit more challenging than it needs to be. She won’t just make her own laundry detergent (that is so housewife 102!), she’ll grow her own organic soap nuts. She won’t dream of asking you to babysit because she would never neglect her precious babies by leaving them with anyone, including their grandparents.
Alternately, she might spend her days teaching other women about homemaking in order to save herself from the mind-numbing boredom.
And this isn’t what you really want for your daughter, is it?
So, if you want your daughter to be a happy housewife take my advice: whatever you do, do not train her to be a housewife.
Let her discover the depth of pleasure that can come from housewifery when she is old enough to learn it herself. She won’t thank you for it, but she will be happy. And you might even get to play with your grandchildren while your daughter perfects the art of canning inferior lemon curd which she made in the microwave.
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