Traditional Wives verses Stay at Home Wives Essay

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Times have changed significantly from the 70’s when I was a child. My mother was a stay at home wife for the first 10 years of my life. She cooked, cleaned, and made sure my brother and I were off to school daily. Although she didn’t have an outside job, she as well as many women believed a stay at home mom was a full time job.
I remember my father handing my mother money regularly to put toward the utility bills while she would scrub the kitchen floor. By the end of the day, my mom was usually too tired to cater to my father because of the attention she gave to her home duties during the day. At the end of the day, my father didn’t understand why my mom didn’t have energy to fulfill his needs.
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Women had children freely because their automatic roles were to be the children’s main care providers. In those days, the minimum kids in a family were at least four. Childcare wasn’t an issue because the mothers were at home caring for the children. The economy was easier for the father to maintain the financial obligations of the house, while the mothers took care of everything else.
“ Today, fewer than 16 percent of American families have a full time housewife-mother”. (Hekker 274) The fact that modern wives have full time careers while still fulfilling the traditional mom duties has caused a debate in many marriages. It’s amazing how husbands still have the same expectations from their working wives as the nonworking wives. Men still expect to come home to warm dinner, a clean house, and well manager children. At the same time, women are working as many or some cases more hours than the man.
The modern day wives are much different than the traditional wives. Many women are doing the opposite of what their mothers taught them as a child. “A soaring daughter is receding in the sky, heading toward a universe her mother cannot know”. (Tannen 282.) Woman today are working full time while maintaining the household, financial stability, and care of the children.
Wives are doing everything. Many women are complaining about and flat out angry that their husbands will not

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