Men and women both 'want it all,' but men want more

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Very interesting survey with wild conclusions by those interpreting the data. There is plenty of sacrifice from both parties in having a "successful" family life and marriage. People who assume otherwise are either inexperienced or bitter because they were not able to acheive it. Success in balancing work with family is always a difficult struggle, and yet it appears that the majority of people, both male and female, still see it as the most important thing in life. At least in this survey of only 1000 people, which is really small to be gleaning any generalities for the larger population.

    How stupid to think that this is the result of guys' obsession to want it all.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Nov. 2, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    When I was younger, I worked night and day and frequently had to travel. I was able to achieve a better work/life balance by taking my family on work trips with me, driving the car instead of flying. It was a sacrifice, but it was worth it.

    I'm now able to work at home 3 days out of 5, and that is really wonderful. Occasionally during the day I can walk away from the computer for ten minutes and hold our new baby granddaughter or play with the older ones. This luxury makes me very loyal to my employer!

    My wife has worked off and on during our marriage to help out in rough spots, but only for as long as is absolutely necessary. I helped with housework and childcare a little extra during those times. She was always glad to go back to watching the kids and grandchildren as soon as she was able.

    Are we lucky? You bet! We have been supremely blessed.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Nov. 2, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Pretty telling report, sure the man doesn't get asked how he balances work and family because he is assumed to have already sacrificed his family for his job/work. He is constantly fighting the balance because he is culturally expected to make his work the priority, she is given an opportunity to make the choice of which to pursue. I would have liked to have had the choice, even with the implications that she has in reduced wages/salary and opportunity. Someday, she will wish for the good old days; she isn't going to really like being "equal" when it means that she gets the same crappy deal that he gets now.