Post # 1
I’m not from the US and was wondering what the difference is between these two concepts. I googled it and read that “a housewife puts her husband first, a Stay-At-Home Mom puts her children first in her life”. Sounds strange to me that you would have to choose one over the other, I guess that’s not a very accurate definition. All the housewives I’ve ever met were just women that stayed at home, whether they ha children or not, whether they did house chores or not. Not sure what a Stay-At-Home Mom is… Maybe a mother that doesn’t work outside the household but refuses to do house chores?
Post # 3
I think the difference is that a housewife doesn’t have kids and doesn’t work, while a stay at home mom does have kids and doesn’t work. That could be why that article said a housewife puts her husband first, which would make sense if she didn’t have children.
Post # 4
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I think of it kind of as the stay at home mom is at home because of her children and her “job” is primarily to raise and attend to those children, whereas the housewife stays at home just generally, and I think both can apply to the same woman at different times of in different capacities.
Post # 5
I always thought it was having kids and being home verses not having kids and being home.
Post # 6
I thought it was just a time thing? Like, I never here ANYONE saying they are a “housewife” now. That seems very retro. I guess I thought that term just went out of vogue and was replaced by stay at home mom or stay at home wife.
Post # 7
I’ve never used the word housewife, as I find it a bit archaic of a term (kind of like waiter as opposed to server). Then again, it may depend on geographic location. I have always said Stay-At-Home Mom. It does make sense that a housewife would be without children and a Stay-At-Home Mom would have children. I guess I’ve never thought about it.
Post # 8
Really there’s no difference in the role of either in the family. The term “housewife” is an older term and considered antiquated by some, as it implies the woman is married to the house (i.e. Defines her in context of her relationship to the house); “stay at home mom” is more modern, and generally the more socially acceptable term. No matter what term you use, the woman would not have full-time employment outside the home, and would spend her time caring for the family.
Post # 9
Personally, I’m leaning toward a stay at home fiancée gig! 🙂 I am sick of working! 🙂
Post # 10
A stay at home mom is a woman who is the primary caretaker of the children, not working a day job, but dedicates herself to her children and husband.
A housewife is essentially the same thing, but the term has changed since the 50’s whereby it became an insult to refer to a woman as a housewife after the 70’s. Staying at home is a choice now, not mandatory (as in the 50’s) and a woman can choose to stay home and take care of her family, or choose to go back to work, college, work full time or part time. In other words, women now have a choice to live their life to the fullest where once it was not possible.
Post # 11
dont think there is a difference
Post # 12
@chasesgirl: This is what I thought too.
Post # 13
I see the difference as putting the home first over putting the children and family first.
My fiance always says that he will work hard so that I can stay home and educate our children, not so I can keep a pristine house. Does he expect me to clean up and prepare food, of course. But he prefers that I focus on the children and our family over scrubbing tiles and baking bread (we eat low carb anyway 😉 )
Post # 14
Personally, I see a housewife as someone who doesn’t work outside the home and doesn’t have kids.
And a stay-at-home mom is someone who doesn’t work outside the home while raising her children.
Post # 15
@Mrs.KMM: that’s what I think too.
I guess technically a housewife could have children, but I usually don’t use the term like that. I just say that I want to not work and be a “stay at home puppy Mom”.
Post # 16
I’m neither a Stay-At-Home Mom or a houswife. However, I’m not sure I like the “doesn’t work” part. Stay-At-Home Mom and housewives typically work (and very hard I might add), just not outside the home. I think the difference is that 1 has kids and the other doesn’t.