I just read Penelope Trunk’s latest column on Yahoo Finance, entitled “For Some, Work-Life Balance is Child’s Play.” Although I don’t always agree with Trunk’s premises, her honest and straightforward approach is refreshing and though-provoking. I appreciate her willingness to be controversial for the sake of conversation.
Trunk’s article had so many quotable pieces that it’s hard to summarize here, but her basic proposition in the article is that kids do better in homes where both parents do not work full time outside of the home. I agree.
She also talks about the difficulty of the “job” of taking care of kids: “At this point, it’s clear that families are better off when one person takes care of the household full time. Statistics support this conclusion, and it’s also intuitive. The problem is that not many people want to stay at home full time. We already did that in a widespread way in the 1950s, and the cliché of the housewife who takes Valium to cope exists for a reason: Staying at home with kids every day for 20 years isn’t a first choice for most people…”
Read the article and post your thoughts here. Do you agree/disagree? What would be your ideal work arrangement?
P.S. For more great reading by Trunk, check out her blog.