Which model is more like the historical
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|Fri, 08-31-2007 - 9:59am|
Which model is more like the historical model? SAH or WOH?
Once you get past the idealized 1950's, I think the DWP model is closer to the historicalm model with both parents involved in both the upbringing of children and working to support the household. In the past, women's labors have been critical to the success of the family. Men needed wives in order to be able to support a family.
Today, Men don't need wives. They can support a family just fine without one. So little of the work at home remains that what is left is easily hired out and for not much money.
When mom does SAH today, she's not working with her dh to support their family, she's just home with the kids. Dad, in the meantime has gone away for long stretches of time while mom is actually spending more time on the kids. Gone are the days of three meals a day together as a family. I think the current model creates an inequality in parenting that simply didn't exist 100 years ago. I think fathers were far more important in the past and have, too often, been reduced to wage earners today.
What are your thoughts on how parenting today compares to the past?