Not long ago, the ideal financial and emotional constructs of a marriage were in agreement with those of our primal ancestors. Men were the providers, women were the nurturers. It’s different now. Related: How To Brand Yourself And Get A Better Job Courtesy of unpredictability in the world’s economy, advances in modern technology and better education, many women now enjoy six-figure salaries in positions of corporate leadership, with their spouses left to care for the children back home. In a perfect world, either or both spouses could work full-time or part-time, depending on their preferences. Unfortunately, we do not live in that world. Jobs are now more difficult to come by, and both genders have been forced to take lower paying jobs, many of which fail to meet the basic needs of their families. This presents a number of problems. First and foremost, lower pay means longer hours. If these long hours were enough to support the family, the marital infrastructure would remain relatively unshaken. In many cases, however, they amount to an insufficient paycheck. This presents a problem for the stay-at-home mom, who must take up work to supplement her husband’s income, dropping much of her paycheck on daycare expenses to account for her husband’s absence.

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