How Balancing Work And Family Is Common Struggle Among Americans

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Balancing work and family is common struggle among Americans. The target of the debate lies in opposing opinions as to how to prioritize work and family. Should work come before family, or should family come first? Even more, could there be a common ground in equally balancing both? Being passionate about this issue, I began to research it further.
The first article reviewed was from Lee and Wagner. They argue that since the 1970’s, women have advanced into a new role in society due to the Women’s Rights Movement, along with underlying social economic factors, such as, finances, security and a rising demand for workers. Lee and Wagner imply as a result, society modified the Stay-at-Home Mom mold to add a “Working Mother” benefit, giving women more responsibilities in terms of wage-earning, and homemaking. Lee and Wagner argue that the quality of family life and child rearing has suffered a negative impact because society has not made proportional concessions to supplement busy schedules.
Reading my second article, I found Jacobs and Finley claiming that balancing work and family is no different today as it has been in the past. Jacobs and Finley argue that for many families, the greater reason or root cause of the pressure and stress they feel, is actually from balancing fantasy and reality. Jacobs and Finley show how modern families have switched their priorities from family values to material possessions and social status. Jacobs and Finley imply that it takes two incomes…

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