(Setting the Table, Saturday Evening Post, 1957)
I thought you might enjoy this depiction of the 1950's home economics classes. If I am remembering right, the boys were in the workshop classes learning carpentry skills and how to put an engine back together. Sometimes when the home ec class finished preparing a meal, the boys from the workshop class would come in to have the food tested on them :-) Does anyone remember this?
In homeschooling, we changed this a little by inviting the rest of the family to dinner, or, when we taught homemaking to other girls, would invite the parents to dine with us to sample the final result.
Some women really want to make life at home pleasant, stable and worthwhile, but they need confidence. Confidence consists of trust, faith and courage, and a touch of boldness.
There are two things that might help to develop confidence in managing the home:
1. Being convinced that what you are doing is right. This makes it possible to do something with steady determination. When you know something is the right thing to do, that it is important, and
necessary, confidence comes more easily.
Isaiah 30:5 says, "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength."
As an example, a lady at home may want her family to have meals at home. She feels strongly that they should eat food prepared at home, as well as sit together at meal times. She wants to prepare the table so that her family may enjoy the experience of dining, rather than just eating in an unceremonious way. Being convinced that this is a noble and good thing to do, she confidently does whatever she needs to do.
2. Keeping your eye on the final outcome of any effort will keep you from losing confidence. A mother may begin home schooling, and as the days go by, may come across difficulties, but if she keeps her final goals in mind, she will have confidence.
When confronted by difficulties, keeping her ultimate goals pictured in her mind will help her feel confidence.
The opposite of confidence is uncertainty, nervousness and feelings of inferiority.
Enemies of confidence are things like discouraging news, distractions, and unfair comparisons.
I have created a short video to emphasize two important points, so please click and listen here:
It would have been good to have added in the video, to use the discouraging news you hear, or any discouraging thoughts, as signals to do what is right and good and what is necessary for you to do, with confidence.
To practice being confident:
1. Develop knowledge of your work. These days, training in skills and knowledge is more convenient than it ever has been. When you become proficient at something, your confidence increases.
These days there are so many choices in learning materials, that you can choose whatever you respond to the best, for your teacher: video cooking lessons, housekeeping manuals, workbooks, podcasts, skype visits, and hands-on experience through attending things in youe area.
2. Every goal has some unpleasant aspects in the attainment of it, so do not be daunted by difficulties.
You can feel confident when you quietly and patiently go about your tasks.
When discussing the quality of confidence, I always enjoy relating the story of Nehemiah. I find it amusing, because it is so like the way things happen today.