Working women generally make better mothers, according to a report today. However, men complained that their wives were so busy earning money and caring for children that it left little time for them as a couple.
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that both parents thought the mother’s paid employment had a “positive impact” on family relationships.
Men were particularly grateful for the money their wives earned, saying it meant they were able to share the financial burden. They also felt the mother’s work skills led to a more equitable relationship, that they had more to talk about together, and a working mother was a positive role model for a child.
Yet most men had traditional views about the division of labour in the home, seeing the mother as having primary responsibility for the home and the conduct of family life — even if she worked full time.