My Home, My Haven

My Home, My Haven: Bringing Professionalism into Home Management

 

Home Management is a cohesive modular-based course in home management affiliated to Kenvale College in Sydney, Australia, to which Homskil is an independent collaborator and the sole provider in Singapore. The full programme consists of seven modules. 

 

Home Management is currently being phased in into Singapore in two stages, with three modules being made available sequentially from May 2016. Participants have great flexibility in choosing which module to begin with, and which they are interested in undertaking, although it is strongly recommended that all participants, in time, do undertake all the modules in order to get a cohesive and comprehensive grasp of the many different skills needed to be an excellent home manager. 

 

The philosophy behind Home Managements

At Home Management, we believe that home-making is an attitude, a life choice, a long term vision and a profession that is centred on the family. It is the craft, the art and the profession of turning a house into a loving home where the family is nurtured and feels grounded in, where each family member learns his or her own worth and is loved and accepted.

 

A home is much more than just a house. Similarly, home-making is much more than just housekeeping. 

 

The home is the place where a person first learns, as a young child, an awareness of himself or herself as a unique human being, of his value as a person, about love, self-giving, respect, boundaries, social awareness, self-mastery, and the other human virtues and qualities.

 

Home-making is an attitude which centres around the desire and the effort directed towards creating a home for the family. It is not defined by the number of hours one spends in the home. Therefore, a woman who has a paid full-time job outside the home is as fully a home-maker as one who has chosen to focus all her time within the home.

 

Home-making is a life choice. It is a conscious choice that a woman makes because she wants it. She sees the importance of creating a home where her children can grow and mature with the  right values. She undertakes it because she understands the importance of being there for them so that they see how love, generosity and service make a difference. It’s not a matter of “Poor me– I have to do this because nobody else will.” It’s about the woman choosing to do it freely

 

Home-making is a long term vision. It includes the tangibles such as the creation of the physical and material setting of the home, but also the intangibles – the nurturing of human persons from childhood to adulthood, the creation of a place where all family members feel anchored to, and where they can grow in their own time and at their own pace. There is no other setting that contributes in such a deep and far-reaching way to the development of individual human beings and ultimately to society. 

 

Home-making is a profession. Like any other profession, there are skill sets, best practice methods, standards of excellence in home-making which facilitate the creation of a nurturing environment. Acquiring these skill sets helps the home-maker to create the kind of home she wants for her family. 

 

Why do the Home Management course?

As human persons, we are both body and soul, material and spiritual. A home that nurtures the human person needs to cater for both material and spiritual needs. The material care we require – nutrition, clothing, shelter, a home environment, security, health – is essential to our overall well-being. It has repercussions on the interior dimensions of the individual.

 

Home Management is designed to help the home-maker hone her skills in the different areas of home management so as to be able to provide this material care efficiently, effectively and at a professional standard using best practice methods. The ultimate aim is to empower the home-maker to create the kind of home she wants for her family.

 

Jill Savage

Professionalising Motherhood

“… As you know already, [housekeeping and homemaking] are not always exactly the same. Housekeeping consists of the laundry, the dishes, the toilets, and floors that need to be scrubbed, but homemaking is something else…

Homemaking is the deliberate cultivation of beauty and productivity in family relationships. Homemaking is about helping your family feel loved and comforted. Homemaking is about celebrating each other, and about caring for each other, as well as for your friends and extended families and even the occasional stranger. ANYONE CAN KEEP HOUSE. NOT EVERYONE BOTHERS TO MAKE A HOME.”

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