Personal Narrative: My Dual-Earner Family

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Every individual, whether they like to believe it or not, has a very specific set of beliefs and ideals concerning gender roles, and what part they should play in our own lives. While some of us have to dig deeper than others to reach these gender role biases, they are present in everyone and act as the underlying basis through which we color our everyday view of the world. Upon introspection, I began to realize that for me personally, the beliefs and the ideals concerning the role of each gender that surrounded me growing up truly helped mold the way in which I view gender today- specifically in regards to the balance of work and care in a family unit. My immediate family—my mother Marion, my father Jeff, and my older brother Brian— made …show more content…
Each family identity is characterized by specific traits and ideologies. My parent’s family dynamic, to the best I can discern would be categorized as an “egalitarian” type. This type of dual earner family has both parents that embody the care and the career as their roles. This type of family is consistent with the shifting trend of reversing traditional gender roles and becoming more equal contributors to both domestic work and career. A study examined the interaction of work and family time commitments and the associated costs and gains of this interaction across gender in a household. With new parents, this study suggests that across both the mother and father, the amounts that work interferes with family, family interferes with work and the gains for the family from work, were all practically equivalent. (Corwyn & Bradley, …show more content…
A study was done that examined the extent of this parental impact. The study focused on children’s perceptions of their life growing up in dual- earner families and how their own experiences shaped their own beliefs. In the 1970s, researchers asked the participant couples to share the domestic work of a household while both holding down jobs. Years later, they then interviewed the children about their experiences growing up in the equal work environment. What researchers found was that the participant’s children shared the views of equal division of responsibility, as demonstrated by their parents when growing up, and had overall positive memories of their childhood. However, there was a high likelihood that the egalitarian ideas— that the now grown children possess— could be due to other factors in their life such as welfare status and opportunity rather than parental demonstration alone (Wetlesen, 2010). I grew up in a household that was similar to the experimental conditions of this study. My parents both worked full time and were fairly equal in domestic work. This study is also particularly relevant to the impact my grandparents had on my parents because my parents were in their formative years in the 1970s and they fall into the generational transition that is spoken of in the study. When interviewed, my brother made it clear that although he had not

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