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‘Homemakers, what do you do all day?’

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A CONTROVERSIAL question posted on a popular parenting website has reignited the "mummy wars".

A working mother, identified only as Fruem, posted a simple question on the Mumsnet "Am I Being Unreasoable" forum.

She wrote: "Those who choose to be a SAHM [stay at home mother]/homemaker, who don't 'have' to work, what do you do all day?! I'm talking the SAHM's who don't work from home. Who don't have to look after the kids all day etc. If you've done cleaning/washing/shopping etc. How do you fill your day?"

Fruem, believed to be from the UK, added: "I fully expect to be jumped on by the working mums ... but it's a genuine question."

Unsurprisingly, the post sparked a flurry of responses, and while many stay at home parents answered honestly about their daily routines, others clearly took offence to the divisive question, posting sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek replies.

The question that started it all. Picture: Mumsnet
The question that started it all. Picture: Mumsnet

Some posters like SherlocksTripleLock seemed to be angered by the question, writing: "I pick my nose and scratch my a*se" while Pagwatch simply posted: "Whatever the f*ck I want to."

Others like Speakout answered sarcastically, posting: "Watch Jeremy Kyle, play Candy Crush, text my friends, smoke fags, throw the occasional pot noodle at the kids ..." while LanaKanesLeftNippleTassle posted: "I have BDSM orgies in the afternoons, with a delightful group of people. Then I ... put away the ropes and get the kids from school."

But others like streetlife70s took the opportunity to describe the real hardships of being a homemaker, posting: "When I was a full time SAHM I never had a moment where I wasn't doing either shopping for food, cooking, cleaning, ironing, washing, sorting out finances, insurance before kids needed school run, homework, baths etc. It took over my life. It was so lonely and full on I couldn't wait to go back to work. How anyone finds the time to do anything else is beyond me. I had no time and I went to work for the bloody break!"

Perhaps Notso said it best, though, after she posted: "I am always baffled by these questions, is it really that hard to imagine? I do all the stuff I used to do outside of work but at a leisurely pace, with less nagging and my cooking is better."

alexis.carey@news.com.au

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