Today’s families are very different from those of the 1960s. Not only are many same-sex couples getting married and choosing to have children, but the roles of many heterosexual spouses are converging. This finding underlies many of the key findings from a recent Pew Research Center report.
During the 1960s, 70 percent of U.S. households depended solely on a father’s income. Today, in six out of every 10 U.S. households both father and mother work outside the home. With more women joining the U.S. workforce, there’s been a major shift in the roles and responsibilities fulfilled by working mothers and fathers as both attempt to find a workable balance between earning an income and raising children.
Whether out of financial necessity or by choice, in many households where moms work outside the home, dads are helping out more with child care duties. Despite the fact that today most U.S. households are dual-income, 52 percent of moms and 48 percent of dads admit they’d rather stay home with their kids. Additionally, 74 percent of working moms and dads admit it’s harder to raise children when both parents work and many working parents admit it’s difficult to find a work and life balance.
Today’s families are under a lot of pressure. Frequently, both parents work outside the home and must attempt to meet the daily responsibilities and challenges associated with the work world, while also carving out time to spend with and raise children. With little time and energy left at the end of the day, it’s no wonder that many marriages end in divorce.
Today, there’s more pressure on mothers and fathers to do it all and do it all well. In reality, it’s extremely difficult to find a healthily work and life balance and often spouses end up sacrificing their own personal happiness, relationships and ultimately their marriage.