I grew up on bologna sandwiches with (gasp) store bought mayonnaise on processed white bread, dinner from a box, like Hamburger Helper, or straight out of a can like those little Spaghetti O’s and Meatballs, or maybe an occasional Spam Burger. I drank my Kool Aid straight out of a plastic Tupperware cup or one of those Kool Aid Man cups. Do you remember those? I ate my sugary cereal each morning with…heaven forbid…cow’s milk! My mom packed my lunch in plastic baggies and I ate it with a Little Debbie cake for dessert. My clothes were washed with Tide and our dishes were washed with Joy. I washed my hair with shampoo from Wal-Mart or K-Mart, not a high priced designer shampoo. I washed my face with a bar of Dove soap and brushed my teeth with Aquafresh. Our floors were mopped with bleach or Pine Sol and the bathroom was cleaned with Srubbing Bubbles.
And you know what…I turned out just fine!
If you choose to make everything “from scratch” that’s great and I applaud you for your efforts. However, I often choose convenience or homemade and now I’m totally okay with that! I went through a phase where I wanted to make everything from scratch, thinking that was what was best for my family. Last year I made a big bucket of homemade laundry detergent and I’ve been using it for several months. I recently ran out of the homemade detergent and I really debated on whether to make another batch or not. I was working some long hours at work and I just didn’t have the time nor the energy to make another bucket of detergent so I opted to buy a bottle of detergent instead. And I have to admit I kind of felt a little guilty! That got me to thinking….why do we feel bad when we choose convenience over homemade?
We have been conditioned by our society today to think that everything needs to be homemade and we often may feel guilty if we don’t make everything “homemade”.
What you do for your family is your choice! No one should make you feel guilty for what you choose to do or not do for your family.
I see so many women who are so focused on making everything that their family consumes “homemade”, because that’s what society has made them feel like they have to do in order to be a good wife or mother. Just because we may choose to purchase and use convenience items does not mean we are any less of a wife, mother, or woman.
Of course some people choose to live a homemade–organic–all natural life due to health reasons such as food allergies and I totally get that. I have food allergies myself and there are some things I have to make from scratch because of those allergies.
If you do avoid pre-made convenience items take a moment to think about why you are doing so. Is it for the health of your family or is it because that’s what you feel like you are supposed to do?
Why do we feel bad if we opt for convenience items? What if we focused less on making sure that everything was homemade, and more time with our families? What good is that organic diet if your family spends their days in front of the television?
I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic.
Do you choose to make everything homemade or are you more likely to purchase convenience items? Do you ever feel guilty over your choices?
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