Despite it’s usefulness I don’t like the word ‘spouse.’ To me it sounds too much like the word ‘souse.’
Use of ‘spouse’ also causes the ungainly he/she problem in writing that makes the text sound like it was written in Bureaucrat-speak and I gave up being a petty bureaucrat (GS-4) a long time ago.
For the purposes of this blog:
- If you’re a woman spouse you’re a wife.
- If you’re a man spouse you’re a husband.
All references in this book to people married to servicemembers will be in the feminine. Most primary-homeschooling parents are moms so I’ll default to all the servicemembers being dads, even though they aren’t. I’m sympathetic to the stereotype as I have also been active duty, as were my sister and my mom.
I beg the indulgence of all homeschooling-military-spouse-dads, and active-duty-spouse-moms who are reading this: it’s not personal, it’s just easier.