Sunday, October 22

The Accomplished, Feminine Woman...

While enjoying a cup of tea during Baby's nap yesterday afternoon, I decided to begin a list of skills and traits that every accomplish, feminine woman should know (and perhaps be able to teach her children). Here's what I came up with:
  • Spirituality (i.e. prayer, reading the Bible, and other spiritual books, ability to be attentive and respectful during services at church and times of prayer, etc.)
  • Grooming
  • Dressing for one's body type
  • A nurturing spirit
  • A love and knowledge of music
  • Skill in handcrafts (like sewing, embroidery, etc.) and making crafts (making own cards, wreaths, flower arranging, etc.)
  • Decorating in the home
  • Charm and etiquette
  • Excerise (things like ballet, bike riding, hiking, horse back riding, playing ball, jacks, hopscotch, etc.)
  • Cooking and Baking
  • Setting the table, table manners, hosting a party or tea
  • Cleaning
  • Organization
  • Penmanship
  • Cultivation of a love of literature
  • Laundry care
  • Shopping (frugality, planning, etc.)

I would love to add to this list... what are your thoughts?


Terri said...

Wow, Emma, I can't think of anything to add to this list - ust thought of one - would something about charitable works fit?

Cherish the Home said...

That's a great list! I couldn't think of much to add except maybe learning to be interested in others.

Denial Renae said...

I would add budgeting and being frugal to the list.

Anonymous said...

This may be included under the 'penmanship' category, but good correspondence would be something fitting for a lady - the ability to sit down and write a letter, a well written, well thought letter appropriate for the person to whom it is being sent.
Another thing I thought of was patience. The ability to maintain a calm demeanor, have a calm response to any and every situation and person.

MamaBirdEmma said...

Great ideas, Joanne!

The Ramblin' Rat said...

Great list. I makes me re-evaluate some things in my own life because I feel that I fall short as a wife/lady. I know that I don't, but sometimes I just get those feelings that I'm not quite fitting in my role.

MamaBirdEmma said...

I think that we all fall short in one way or another... we aren't perfect after all:) It the fact that we try that counts!

Alana said...

I think intentional charity/almsgiving ought to be added to the list.

MamaBirdEmma said...

I think that you are right, Alana! Thanks!

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