quote:Originally posted by surfer girl:
While I have always been dreaming of staying home to raise our child/future children while my husband brings the money home, unfortunately we cannot do that in today's economy. Wages have not increased proportionately over the years to the cost of living, and the majority of families are forced into being a double-income household just to live comfortably.
In the past, families lived off of a lot less than what people are making today. So "disproportionate wages" does not serve as an excuse either. Black mothers, in particular, made very little money from their jobs as nurses, cooks, maids, and nannies and they still managed to come home and prepare a decent meal for their families. Perhaps the problem today is people wish to maintain a lifestyle they cannot afford. When you're single, spending a little money on yourself every now and again is fine. But once you get married and establish a family, I think your priorities should definitely change. No longer should it be about accumulating unnecessary things that I want, but instead, providing what the family needs. And your family's health, your children's health especially, should be a top priority.