Baking it ... or winning it
PRINCETON — An estimated 40 percent of households with children now have the mothers as the primary income providers, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.
To help people make adjustments to that changing work role for couples, John Reinert, a licensed clinical professional counselor with the North Central Behavioral Health Systems, said there are things which couples can do to make their adjustments as easy as possible. The North Central Behavioral Health Systems serves the counties of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, Stark, Fulton and McDonough.
There are a broad range of factors which enter into an individual’s or a couple’s attitudes and feelings about the woman being the primary provider, Reinert said. Those factors include whether the situation was forced upon the couple by the market place or was created by the couple’s preference. Other factors can include the couples’ ages, socio-economic status, education level, cultural beliefs, levels of support from family and friends, and the emotional willingness to go “counter the current,” Reinert said.
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