Ok not for me specifically. My wife has her own career and makes a roughly equivalent salary (which creates its own challenges).
I made a comment in another thread that in relationships where one spouse is the breadwinner or there is a significant disparity of bread won, that partner wields disproportionate power in the relationship. Not that I was advocating the wielding of that power, merely that it exists.
Yes, there are divorce considerations and one can always invoke a variation of the “happy wife, happy life” clause. And most major decisions should be made as a couple. But the reality is, if one person holds the purse strings, there are practical implications for the dynamics of that relationship (i.e. “we need to be close to my job.” “I just got transferred to xxxx”.
Questions for discussion:
- How do these couples avoid disparity of power?
- How do couples avoid feeling resentment towards each other? Either the Breadwinner resenting having to work while the SAHP stays at home or the SAHP resenting that they don’t get to pursue their career aspirations or that they become an “appendage” to the Breadwinner’s career. And lets be honest. It’s not 1950. “Housework” doesn’t take the entire day to do in this day and age.
- How do the avoid creating a “transactional”, almost “employer/employee” type relationship - i.e. “I work all day so I expect x, y, and z to be done before I get home.”