Monday, August 27, 2007

Paid housewives

KTN news at 9pm yesterday had a feature on paid housewives. They were talking about husbands paying their housewives for taking care of the house chores and kids at home.

This issue came about from a blog by some two ladies. I tried checking the blog for paid housewives or something like that but I didn’t get it because I didn’t write down the link. I will let you know when I do or someone who knows can share.

Having worked for more than 10 years and tired of working. I have been thinking of other options amongst them being a housewife, going back to school and starting my own business. On the other hand it would be interesting to be a paid housewife. Taking care of my house and kids. No more worrying about waking up early in the morning, to rush to work and being caught up in the jam.

I would have all day to do what I want, without anyone to supervise me like some colleagues with hawk like eyes in the office, being the boss. My kids will be well taken care off since I would be available the whole day to take care of their needs.

I may decide to cut on the cost of having a house help or only hire one when I need help for a few hours. I will not have to worry about my house help leaving suddenly or not turning up from off and leaving me stranded with a baby.

However there are also disadvantages of being a housewife after being used to working and earning your own salary.

This would mean having only one person earning and taking care of all expenses. If we quarrel he would get annoyed and refuse to pay me or reduce my pay.

Having gotten used to working in the office it would not be easy adjusting to doing housework the whole day. We are so used to employing house helps in Kenya because it is cheaper compared to other countries especially Europe. When my house help takes an off over the weekend I get stressed staying at home with the kids, the small one would go on strike sometimes and refuse to eat.

The concept of paying housewives is a good idea, but will depend on the financial status of the husband. Also with many women being empowered and career minded, very few would take that option.

Hope I get the blog and learn something from it.


Ssembonge said...

When I was young I used to say that my wife will have to be a house-wife. Come marriage and I discovered house-wives are nothing but professional shoppers who spend afternoons at the mall buying all manner of unwanted stuff.

A successful housewife is one who's hubby makes more money than she can spend.

Sue said...

Yes Ssembonge some year back when we were young one would consider the option because it was common. Now life has changed, economic and social status is not favorable for such an arrangement.

Its rare to find such a hubby with more money than his wife can spend.

Ssembonge said...

This is the blog. I got it from KTN online.

Sue said...

Thanks a lot Ssembonge, I will check it out.

Markus said...

Good job! :)

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