Why is “homemaker” considered an occupation?

I have no use for lazy, in men or women.

Are housewives (or homemakers, and either sex) lazy? It absolutely depends on the individual.

A woman (or man) who lays around, watches TV, plays on the internet, makes a vague attempt to keep the roaches out of the kitchen, and lets the television occupy her children every instant she can’t foist them off on someone else, who resents both them and her husband when they “intrude” on her time – that is a lazy human being deserving of contempt, and a pitiful excuse for a parent.

A woman (or man) who gets up and starts her day with a sense of purpose, who acts with the same industry within the household as she would at a “paying job,” who makes certain the breadwinner’s hard won dollars are put to use for things of real value, maximizing the worth of what’s earned, who acts as if every moment with her children is an opportunity to teach them and love them and enliven their minds, every moment with her husband as a chance to make his life and their relationship more positive — that is someone who works as hard as any CEO alive.

Most homemakers, like most working people, aren’t either of those. They fall somewhere in the middle. I have my own opinions about everything, just like everyone else, but whether they “do enough” is absolutely noone’s business but the other partner in the marriage. It’s certainly none of mine.

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Moms of autistic children work less, earn less | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report.

The gap is mainly due to mothers not having a job or working fewer hours, researchers found.

“The needs of children with autism really straddle a number of service systems and there is a tremendous amount of finger pointing in terms of who’s going to pay,” said David Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Mothers are leaving the workforce to cobble this care together for their kids,” he added.

Autism spectrum disorders, which range from mild Asperger’s syndrome to severe mental retardation and social disability, affect about one in 110 children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As more and more kids are diagnosed with the disorders, the nation is grappling with how to pay for the extra care these children need, which may cost as much as $3.2 million over a lifetime.

Mandell said that until now, the impact on individual families in terms of employment and earnings had not been clear.

For the new work, Mandell’s group used data from national household surveys done yearly between 2002 and 2008, including 261 children with autism and more than 64,000 without health problems.

After accounting for factors such as parents’ age, race, education and health, fathers of kids with autism were just as likely to be employed as fathers of typically developing children. The same was true for how much fathers worked and earned.

For mothers, however, there was a marked difference. Compared with mothers of kids without disabilities, those who had autistic children were six percent less likely to be employed, worked seven hours less per week and had less than half the annual income.

All told, households with autistic children earned $17,763 less a year.

The researchers couldn’t say for sure that the gap is caused by having a child with autism. But Mandell said today’s system means families have to shuttle their kids between several different providers.

“I think it’s a case of the mother becoming the case manager and the advocate for the child,” he told Reuters Health. “If these kids were appropriately cared for it wouldn’t be such a burden for the family.”

Guillermo Montes, a researcher at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, said the new study shows families with children with autism make different financial decisions than others.

“By putting their kids first, these decisions result in lower and more unstable family income,” Montes, who was not involved in the new work, told Reuters Health by email.

“State legislatures, employers and the federal government have to engage these families in a conversation about how to best assist them,” he added. “Any assistance must preserve work flexibility and the wide variety of work and care arrangements which are key to achieve a work-family balance that works for kids with autism, their siblings and their parents.”

SOURCE: bit.ly/cxXOG Pediatrics, March 19, 2012.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autistic-idUSBRE82I05820120319

CNN – Japanese homemaker takes center stage by asking Clinton about Lewinsky

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‘I worried a little that it might be impolite’

November 20, 1998

Web posted at: 10:57 p.m. EST (0357 GMT)

From Correspondent Marina Kamimura

TOKYO (CNN) — For a few brief moments this week, Hatsue Dobashi took the world’s stage, asking U.S. President Bill Clinton a very blunt question during a town hall meeting on Japanese television.

How did he apologize to his wife and daughter for his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, and did they forgive him? “I feel I would never be able to forgive my husband for doing that,” she volunteered.

“I did it in a direct and straightforward manner, and I believe they did, yes,” Clinton replied.

Dobashi is a homemaker from Osaka, about a three-hour train ride from Tokyo. Though Japanese society is known for rigid politeness, Osaka residents have a reputation for being a little more direct than most Japanese.

“My heart was pounding, and I worried a little that it might be an impolite question,” said Dobashi. “Then I thought, ‘I’ll never have a chance like this in my lifetime.’ So I gathered up my courage and asked the question.”

Dobashi said she and her husband have talked about the issue of infidelity.

“He travels often on business and is a man, after all,” she said. “He says he wouldn’t do such a thing, but I tell him, ‘You never know.'”

“He usually says, ‘What about you?’ We just joke about it,” she says.

Dobashi’s 84-year-old mother-in-law echoes her thoughts, saying she wouldn’t forgive her son, either, if he had an affair.

Dobashi said she has been able to forgive her husband for his sins, which she says amount to late-night drinking binges with his friends and all-night video game sessions on his personal computer.

As for Clinton, she says his answer to her question has improved his standing in her eyes.

“Before the town hall meeting, as a housewife, I didn’t have a good image of him,” she said. “I kept wondering how he could do such a thing. But after the meeting, I became a fan again.”

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9811/20/clinton.scolding/index.html

Doing Chores Makes Many Men Happiest

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Many men are happiest when making an equal contribution to household chores, according to a University of Cambridge study that concludes what many women might have considered unimaginable.

“Contrary to expectations, they found that men, not women, benefited from a less traditional gender role divide in household chores,” the introduction to the study reads.

And women weren’t the only ones left scratching their heads. The researchers themselves were surprised with the findings.

“The academics expected to find that men’s work-family conflict rose, and their well-being fell, when they did more housework,” a University of Cambridge news release states. “In practice, they found the opposite, with conflict falling, and well-being going up.”

The professor who conducted the study was traveling and unavailable to comment.

The study was conducted across seven European countries and tens of thousands of participants were asked how much time they spent on tasks such as cooking, washing, cleaning, shopping and property maintenance. They then weighed work-life conflict with other measures of their well-being, which provided the surprising results.

Researchers attributed their findings to two factors: They believe more men support gender equality and women are more assertive than in the past.

The researchers said men are actually uncomfortable when they are not taking equal responsibility for housework. And history and habit might also contribute to such guilt.

“[The results] suggest that men may be uncomfortably conscious of work getting in the way of their doing a fair share of chores at home, whereas women have long been used to doing a ‘double shift,'” the introduction says.

Women’s attitudes are also evolving, allowing them to voice their concerns. “Women are becoming more assertive and making their dissatisfaction with lazy partners plain,” the news release states.

The research, titled “Gendered Lives ,” which includes the findings on men and household chores, analyzes several other aspects of gender equality as well, including equality at home and in the workplace.

While this aspect of the gender gap seems to be closing, the researchers saw mixed results in other areas.

“Prospects for the future remain mixed. On the one hand, an investigation into the business case for closing the workplace gender gap was ‘not encouraging,'” the news release states. “At the same time, however, there are grounds for optimism. Regardless of policy regimes, researchers found evidence that across Europe, the gap between women and men in terms of how much paid and unpaid work both do, is closing.”

Overall, the researchers believe gender equality is moving, however slowly, in the right direction.

“The conclusion is that as far as gender roles are concerned,” the book’s editors find, “there is staggered adaptation, rather than a stalled revolution.”

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Lowe’s Announces New Brand Positioning: Never Stop Improving

MOORESVILLE, N.C.–()–Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, announces

its new brand positioning: Never Stop Improving(TM).

“‘Never Stop Improving’ is not just a tagline – it reflects our

customer’s mindset about their homes and their lives,” said Tom Lamb,

senior vice president of marketing and advertising for Lowe’s. “Never

Stop Improving is our promise to them that we will constantly be

innovating and improving at Lowe’s so we can satisfy their ever changing

needs. Our new campaign is our brand promise and our rallying cry for

employees as we bring a continual stream of innovations to market over

the next several years, like MyLowes.”

As part of the new brand strategy, Lowe’s is launching a new advertising

campaign today, Sept. 19, 2011. In addition, Lowe’s will soon be

launching MyLowes, a revolutionary online tool to help customers manage

their homes and home improvement projects through every stage.

“The research shows that the new brand position and advertising campaign

make Lowe’s customers feel motivated, inspired, confident, and

energized,” Lamb added. “Lowe’s will provide solutions for everyday home

improvement challenges, and we will lead them through the journey of

home improvement – from inspiration and planning to execution and

enjoyment. Our commitment with the Never Stop Improving campaign and

innovations like MyLowes is to become their trusted partner over the

course of their lifetime.”

The new advertising spot features up-and-coming new artist, Gin Wigmore.

Wigmore’s song “Don’t

Stop” shares the energy and uniqueness of the new, refocused Lowe’s.

“Never Stop Improving” will be replacing “Let’s Build Something

Together.”

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is

a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million

customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the

United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in

Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement

retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6866142&lang=en

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110919006130/en/Lowes-Announces-Brand-Positioning-Stop-Improving

Earth Day 2010 Eco Cleaning Tip: Household Uses for Baking Powder

Did you know that there’s a product in your pantry that’s also a great household cleaner for counter tops and even freshens the air?

Baking soda isn’t just an ingredient for cooking, it’s truly a jack-of-all-trades around the house.

Household Uses for Baking Powder:

o A gentle scouring powder for kitchen countertops.

o A paste (mixed with a little water) to shine stainless steel.

o A vinyl floor cleaner (1/2 cup mixed with a quart of water).

o A way to soften water so you can use less soap. You can add in a half cup to your laundry, for example.

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o An air freshener: Set some out in a bowl, place some in your cat’s litter box, or leave an open box in your refrigerator.

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Lowe’s Announces New Brand Positioning: Never Stop Improving

MOORESVILLE, N.C.–()–Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, announces

its new brand positioning: Never Stop Improving(TM).

“‘Never Stop Improving’ is not just a tagline – it reflects our

customer’s mindset about their homes and their lives,” said Tom Lamb,

senior vice president of marketing and advertising for Lowe’s. “Never

Stop Improving is our promise to them that we will constantly be

innovating and improving at Lowe’s so we can satisfy their ever changing

needs. Our new campaign is our brand promise and our rallying cry for

employees as we bring a continual stream of innovations to market over

the next several years, like MyLowes.”

As part of the new brand strategy, Lowe’s is launching a new advertising

campaign today, Sept. 19, 2011. In addition, Lowe’s will soon be

launching MyLowes, a revolutionary online tool to help customers manage

their homes and home improvement projects through every stage.

“The research shows that the new brand position and advertising campaign

make Lowe’s customers feel motivated, inspired, confident, and

energized,” Lamb added. “Lowe’s will provide solutions for everyday home

improvement challenges, and we will lead them through the journey of

home improvement – from inspiration and planning to execution and

enjoyment. Our commitment with the Never Stop Improving campaign and

innovations like MyLowes is to become their trusted partner over the

course of their lifetime.”

The new advertising spot features up-and-coming new artist, Gin Wigmore.

Wigmore’s song “Don’t

Stop” shares the energy and uniqueness of the new, refocused Lowe’s.

“Never Stop Improving” will be replacing “Let’s Build Something

Together.”

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is

a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million

customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the

United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in

Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement

retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6866142&lang=en

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110919006130/en/Lowes-Announces-Brand-Positioning-Stop-Improving

What’s a Mom Worth? | Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass.–()–With the country’s attention focused on high-profile working moms and

Mother’s Day around the corner, Salary.com is taking a close look at the

responsibilities of moms in the workplace and moms at home, asking the

question – what’s a mom worth?

She’s worth more than she was last year, according to Salary.com’s

latest survey. The average salary for stay-at-home moms – calculated

based on what they would be paid if they were compensated for their work

– rose by $624, while the average at-home salary for working moms rose

by $457 over the last year.

“With more on their plate, mothers are working harder than before – both

in the office and at home,” said Abby Euler, general manager at

Salary.com. “Working moms are taking on two full-time jobs, and while no

dollar amount can truly reflect the value of a mom, the mom salaries

give us a sense of just how much they could bring home if they were

compensated for their work in both roles.”

Using Salary.com’s

Mom Salary Wizard, more than 6,000 moms quantified their hours by

job description in order to compute the yearly average. Based on this

data, Salary.com determined that the average stay-at-home mom juggles a

94-hour work week and a working mom manages 58 hours of work at home per

week, in addition to the time she spends at work.

Taking into account overtime and using salary data provided by

employers, an average stay-at-home mom’s 2013 total salary increased in

one year from $112,962 to $113,586. A working mom’s at-home 2013 salary

also increased from $66,979 to $67,436. A working mom’s at-home salary

should be combined with her actual work salary in order to determine her

yearly compensation.

This is the 13th consecutive year Salary.com’s Mom Salary

Wizard has helped put a real dollar amount on all that moms do. The

company collects data from actual mothers – both stay-at-home and

working – to provide how many hours go into their mothering duties at

home.

Moms and their families can visit Salary.com’s

Mom Salary Wizard to calculate Mom’s salary and create a “mom

paycheck” for Mother’s Day.

About Salary.com:

Salary.com, an IBM company, provides credible consumer compensation data

reported by HR professionals in the most recent, publicly available

surveys from well-recognized and highly reputable companies. Salary.com

is dedicated to providing people with the tools, advice and data they

need to understand and reach their full earning potential. Additional

information about Salary.com, founded in 1999, can be accessed at www.salary.com.

Follow Salary.com on Twitter: @salary

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