I entertained a question during a small employment workshop recently, and as one person whose spouse was in the audience had indicated that her spouse thought she was spoiled. To be clear: She said that her husband thinks she is spoiled, not him. She inquired about transitioning to a more flexible career. The good thing was the husband exercised restraint as he was there too (but not sitting next to her), and heard the conversation as he played with their son.
Does having a flexible job at home equate to being spoiled? Who says?
Well, some people grow up in families where the expectations require each and every able body must work. Other families find overwhelming value in having one spouse with a flexible schedule to run kids everywhere, help with homework, take of the household business, and emotionally support everyone else.It’s quite a job.
In my household, I have the flexy career, and at times do the “hustle.” It works for us, and our sons are well-adjusted, stable, and balanced.
Here’s my take:
Is she “spoiled” or “sacrificial?” What do you think? Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments section below.