I suspect most have seen the 1950's handbook for the housewife:
My wife has worked as long as we've known each other. Her mom didn't work, although she was a farmer's wife. She was very active as a volunteer, and in their local church. Her mom's remarried now, but jokes that her house and motor home didn't need to include a kitchen, because she doesn't cook. Also, although she's retired, she has her house cleaned.
We've been fortunate in that my day job is going well, and I thought it was important for my wife to be able to stay home and spend time with our daughter, at least until she enters school. So, I suggested that she quit her job and stay home. She used to really enjoy her job, but had come to not enjoy it, so she was quick to accept.
Here's the touchy part. I really don't think she knows the job description of being a homemaker. She's a terrific mom, and I have no complaints there. But, I sometimes feel she thinks she's on vacation, or has retired. Fact is, I'm a very busy guy. However, she expects the same amount of work from me around the house, laundry, dishes, picking up, as when she was working. Yet, we still have a cleaning person come every couple of weeks to clean our house. She cooks only once or twice a weeek. My daughter is going to think food comes from a waitress.
I cut the grass, take care of the yard, painted the house this summer, maintain the cars, etc., and help a great deal with our daughter. I'm not sitting around watching TV (and I'm here less too).
What do you think? Is the ability to be a home maker a dying art? Do women today know how to be a good home economist? If not, how do those without a good role model learn to be a good home maker?