Jodi - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
I was reading through a FB friend's status the other day, and read something that I have really been thinking about, and thought could be an interesting discussion. The comment was about a husband working such long hours and she said
"But it is the way it is these days. It should be like the old days where one income was enough to support a family."
So my question is, is it that one income doesn't support a family like it used to, or is it that we have greater material expectations than our parents did? Is it that we "need" that Plasma TV, we "need" that game machine, we really "must" have that CD or DVD, etc. Have we just been so bombarded these days that it isn't that we can't support a family on one income (in many cases) but that we can't support our family in the manner we choose? Is it that in the "old days" (and this was a very young person saying this), our parents (and their parents) were more prepared to make greater sacrifices so they could afford to live on one income.