The Value of Loving Care

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How do we put a price tag on what a homemaker gives up in terms of time, energy and highly possibly a good career? Penang Monthly investigates.

A homemaker, as defined by dictionaries, is a person who manages a household especially as a spouse and parent. Homemakers run various roles and tasks such as taking care of the children, sending them to school, planning the household budget based on the given allowance, cooking, cleaning, shopping, planning timetables, organising family get-togethers and planning recreation.

Often this work is taken for granted – there is an acceptance that homemaking is the norm, set in history, in culture, through religious practices, in tradition and through patriarchal thinking.


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