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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 3:40 p.m. MST

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Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

An ice hockey team that replaces the goalie with a forward will definitely score more goals, but it will not win the game. This is what we are doing to our families when we push mothers to enter the workforce instead of supporting them in their mission to take care of the home.

germanygator
Apo, AE

So which one is it? Are American families worse off than ever or not? The media keeps pushing conflicting messages. The picture attached to this article shows what appears to be a hispanic family. I thought they were used and abused? Now they're the poster children for success? What the heck?!

sally
Kearns, UT

Here is what I see and have experienced--When the women go to work, who takes care of the children, elderly and the ill in the family. Many have delegated this care to other women who do not work earning money. They always make the comment, "you will have so many blessings in heaven for what you do." We help earn the cub scout awards for their children. Do the volunteer work for funerals. Drive their elderly families to doctor appointments, feed them, visit them, rehabilitate them. Do welfare assignments for the LDS church. Even watch their children after school with no financial compensation for those who plead poverty, yet they show up in a new car and yap about their trips to Disneyland. Unfortunately, I have experienced too many abusive, selfish women over the years. When I have said "no", I am shunned. Are we really creating a better society by focusing on more money to spend?

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Great photos of a dentist at work and one of Zion's Camp.
Strange album for a story about income levels as studied by Pew.

happymomto9
Saratoga Springs, UT

ok, so we make more.
but clearly we have gotten more stupid. doesn't take a study to prove any of this!
i gave up an engineering career to stay home with my children. i figure i have lost over $1,000,000 in income. (master degree in mechanical engineering) but who needs the money?! i have my blessings!!!

raybies
Layton, UT

More money for some... and yet a huge percentage of kids are born to single parent households... marriage is on the decline... etc...

Mom of Six
Northern Utah, UT

We may make more, but the cost of living is much higher. In the early 90's the average sized home cost 120K. The average sized home is now 220k or more. My parents were dual, (as my husband and I are) income earners, but their insurance was much less. They had no deductible, and a $5 copay. My husband and I have a $50 copay and a 2.5k deductible. Growing up if we skimped we could get by on $200 per month in groceries for a family of 6. My husband and I have a family of 8, if we skimp we can get by on $750 per month in groceries. This article is very misleading...

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Common folks... lets not be extreme. Our entire lives are different now. In the 50's, most if not all meals were made from scratch. How often does that happen now days. I remember stories of my grandmother being the first person on Yale Avenue to have an automatic cloths washer. Can anyone compare the effort level today of doing many of these basic household task compared to what they were 50 years ago. And I am sorry, if your kid doesn't get his cub scout pin but instead has a fully funded college education, I would take the college education.

now this isn't to say it is wrong for women to stay at home. Hardly. My wife as bounced from not working, to working full time as a teacher, to part time based on the "family" needs. There was no one right answer for all times.

Trying to make people feel bad because they work is just as bad as making people feel inferior because they don't. What is best for the family varies from family to family. Some have excellent support systems, and choose to explore their options. Worry about your decisions - not others.

Cub Scouts patches....

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

Re: UtahBlueDevil

Don't you know we are not supposed to have reasonable responses to articles like these? :)

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

@UtahBlueDevil,

Comment of the day. Thank you. Cub scout patches indeed. ;)

Scott3
Quiet Neighborhood, UT

Please don't generalize Sally. Every family situation is unique and you have the freedom to pick your own situation. Woman that work could say to those that don't work that they pay more tithing or are more financially generous in other ways. Do you think that comment would be taken very well by those that chose not to work? Probably not. If someone is asking you to watch their kids, their sick ones, or their elderly, ask to be paid if you feel you are being taken advantage of. It is not your responsibility to save the world by yourself. You can say no if it feels unfair to you. Or you could get the ultimate revenge and get a part-time job and use the same tactics.

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