on how families spend time.
Of our acquaintances, we have > 80% who do not have a SAH parent, but that includes a few families with a single parent who works, not just dual WOHP families.
That WAS interesting.
The stress level of the DH and DW surprised me. Once my minister was talking about the differences in men and woman and how they communicate and said men tend to the "fixers". You start telling them about an issue you have and they want to fix it and starting telling how to when often what the wife wants is just to vent.
I can relate to the "decompress". A long time ago when I was a SAHM my DH asked me to let him have a little bit of time to decompress at the end of the day instead of hitting him with all barrels as soon as he walked into the door. So I did so.
I recently had to ask the same of him. In most of my work life since returning to work I got home from work before DH but since he changed jobs a year and a half ago some days he beats me home. I had to remind him what he had asked of me long ago and said that I needed the same.
or is it about how parenting skills have all but disappeared? what strikes me is how common parent' bickering and negotiating with their children
I think the fact that they only spent one week with each family makes it hard to tell if these were typical experiences or just what happened to happen that week.
Was negotiating with my kids something I routinely did, no. Can I say that it has never happened in all my years of parenting, no. If I were in this study it could go either way depending on what happened to happen that week.
We all have good and back weeks and not all weeks are the same.
it could still be the majority i guess, esp if the other 40-some % is SAH families and singel parent homes.
i don't know how many of the families in my local community are dual working, SAH/WOH or single parent.
if i could i would revisit stages of my family's life and perhaps
i'm not expecting anyone to be perfect, or claiming to be perfect myself, but i'm basing this on more than just the battle over the jacket that framed the piece. i'm talking about the tone set by the