- a woman in charge of a residence, especially for children, students, or young women, who acts as hostess, chaperon, and occasionally as housekeeper.
Origin of housemother
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For most families in average condition that person is naturally the housemother.
She has mechanical and commercial aids as housemother such as the primitive woman never imagined.
It is, however, true that the housemother in rural communities still feels many of the obligations of the ancient woman.
And to-day the majority of most successful families absorb in large measure the time and strength of the housemother.
We still have talk of a wife being "supported" when, as housemother, she works harder and more hours than her husband.