The tradwife movement is gaining popularity and also criticism. Is it just the new retro housewife or is it something different? And what can we learn from it?
The idea of a housewife isn’t new. It has however seemed to be seeing a bit of a gain of popularity lately after decades of a decline in housewives.
It’s hard to find data of just housewives, most are focused on stay-at-home mothers but that demographic has been rising. It rose to 29% in 2012 after the modern-era low of 23% in 1999.
It’s not just being a stay-at-home mom or housewife that is gaining popularity again, there is now a movement that calls itself tradwives.
I’m not sure how new it really is. The name is new and it seems to be popular in England while other movements have been a bit more of an American thing but it’s very similar to traditional wives and time-warped wives, and all the other names that have been used for traditional housewives.
There is actually a British blogger, The Darling Academy, that keeps popping up in articles and videos about this movement. She blogs about this and promotes the lifestyle. She seems to be a pretty new blogger but you can find out more about this movement on her site.
So the question is…
Is Tradwife the New Retro Housewife?
The tradwife movement doesn’t seem to be focused on living a vintage lifestyle in the sense of fashion or decorating style. Some like both but the tradwife movement tend to be more about staying home and submitting to your husband.
By contrast, what you will find here on Retro Housewife Goes Green is a return to simple things and also a love of retro fashion and decor and you won’t find any push for anyone to live a different life than what they feel is best for their family.
All kinds of homemakers are welcome here, or even just people that don’t consider themselves a homemaker but need some help taking care of their home.
If you love the idea of tradwife you are welcome and if you have a career outside of the home you are welcome! This is not to say all in the tradwife movement are pushing their values on others but you will for sure never find that here.
The best thing you can do for your family and your home is figure out what makes you and your family thrive. For me, I love taking care of my home but I also love running this blog and the rest of my business as well. I’ve always liked mixing things up and never fitting into a box.
Important Note: There is some link between the tradwife movement and racist groups. I will not allow any racism or hate on this site or within my community. This is something to be aware of if you get involved in this movement.
What We Can All Learn from the Tradwife Movement
I’m a believer that we can learn things from just about everyone. The tradwife movement is helping bring back some old-fashion homemaking skills that we are losing that could be helpful for us creating a calming and happy home and even help the environment.
The Tradwife blogger I talked about earlier has shared some delicious old-fashion recipes like classic British scones. I think we could all use a bit of a return to old-fashion, from scratching cooking.
We are losing a lot of homemaking skills and I have personally seen people struggling to learn them when they start to need them. Knowing some basic cooking skills, how to sew on a button, how to properly wash your laundry, and so many other homemaking things that used to be common knowledge are being lost and it can make being an adult a struggle.
It’s great to bring back some of those things. And a lot of us are looking to live a more simple life to have a bit less stress.
And maybe you have felt a bit lost because you want to be a full-time homemaker but few in your life support that. As long as it is what works for your family you may find some of these tradwife blogs and social media accounts comforting.
As long as we don’t judge each other or force our way of life on others, and there is no abuse, let’s all just learn from each other and support each other’s choices.
I’d love to hear what you think about the tradwife movement. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Just remember to be kind.
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Read More About Being a Retro Housewife
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