The fact is, our girls have no home education. When quite young they are sent to school where no feminine employment, no domestic habits, can be learned. . . . After this, few find any time to arrange, and make use of, the mass of elementary knowledge they have acquired; and fewer still have either leisure or taste for the inelegant, everyday duties of life. Thus prepared, they enter upon matrimony. Those early habits, which would have made domestic care a light and easy task, have never been taught, for fear it would interrupt their happiness; and the result is, that when cares come, as come they must, they find them misery. I am convinced that indifference and dislike between husband and wife are more frequently occasioned by this great error in education, than by any other cause.3
Although this author has accurately described the dismal state of education for the home today, she was actually writing in 1828. Only imagine what she would say were she alive to observe the situation now! If it's possible, girls are even less prepared now than they were two hundred years ago. Young women tend to assume that homemaking doesn't require any advanced skills or preparation. It's similar to what a sixth grader might think about a test covering first-grade material: What's there to study?
But the truth is that homemaking involves so much more than just cleaning a house. The commands in Scripture to love, follow, and help a husband; to raise children for the glory of God; and to manage a home encompass a vast responsibility. Homemaking requires an extremely diverse array of skills—everything from management abilities, to knowledge of health and nutrition, to interior decorating capabilities, to childhood development expertise. If you are to become an effective homemaker, then you must study these subjects and many more.
Read the entire CBMW article "Homemaking Internship" here.
[editor's note: we don't agree with leaving it open to develop a career outside the home]