A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

When husband and wife both work outside the home

Today in most countries around the world, the majority of couples have both partners working at a income generating profession outside the home. In some cases one or the other may physically work at home, in a home bases business, but this is considered separate from domestic duties. Usually when there is a newborn or very young child at home, the wife will take some time off from this outside job, to take care of the baby, and recover from the delivery. Some countries have paid maternity leave, and a few now call it parental leave. The difference being under parental leave the couple decides who stays home with the children. For example in a case where the wife is making more than her husband, she may take a short period off for the birth and recovery, then the husband will assume the stay at home role for a period. This is at the discretion of the couple but does not penalize the family financially but assuming the woman makes the lower salary. I know of one couple, where the wife works for a rapidly growing regional bank, and had had several promotions, most recently to branch manager. Because of this she now makes a higher salary than her husband, who is a teacher. When their son was born a few years ago she took enough maternity leave to be sure she and the baby were healthy, then went back to work. He then took time off to care for their child until, the grandmothers were in a position to babysit. You might say this is a new version of the multi-generational family. They were adamant that their son not be raised by strangers, but by family. I should also point out she was born and raised in China, he is a 4th or 5th generation Caucasian Canadian. Yesterday i mentioned about the elephant and thinking of sides, rather than front and back, they truly are equal partners in their marriage. I also believe that it is this equality that allows them to both be fairly happy people, and exhibit the love they share, by the way they interact.


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