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October 10, 2011


Kat Gordon

I watched SJP's interview through the live stream last week + yes, she's wonderful. The stats shared via the study were really interesting, too. My take is that women long for more family time and rituals. Life is so fragmented and always-on technology makes it even more so. We don't want to bring our husbands their pipes and slippers. We just wish these were more opportunity for unrushed togetherness.

Nicola McCulloch



No, we don't want to be June Cleaver, making dinner in a dress, heels and pearls, but what I and so many of my friends want is a chance to raise our kids (instead of visiting with them for a couple of hours a night after daycare and an exhausting day at work), a job market that does not turn its nose up at women who have a "gap" in their resume because they spent some years as a full time homemaker, and a general feeling that our society values mothers (really, not just Republican-esque lip service) and fathers (ditto) and families (ditto).

The value can come in the form of tax breaks for moms who choose to stay home (instead of just for people who pay for daycare), genuine commitment to flexible working situations (just try to work remotely at most companies..even if they SAY they allow it!)..you get the idea. Actions, not platitudes.



Can't help but see this as part of a larger societal trend from Idealist to Civic generation, with "Generation" understood more as an outlook or mindset and less as a group of age/birth cohorts. If you believe Roy Williams on this (and I do) it seems natural that of course a rising civic generation will look back towards the last civic generation and identify with the best of what they have to offer, including traditional parenting values. Add to that everything mentioned by Kat Gordon and TheLoneTrainer and you've got some rather compelling fuel for nostalgia.

But really, does anyone recall the term "Latchkey kid"? Of course parents look back to the 50s for parenting models! Who the hell would look back at the 80s for it? Answer: Only Gen X-ers who were raised by parents who modeled their parenting on the 50s.

Blenus Martin

Being a father of four who will return home so my wife can work (which is her choice and I support it), I don't see this traditional stay at home mom while dads work as real.. I'm 50, and when I was a kid, I don't recall my mom ever staying home while my dad worked... They both worked, and they both participated in raising us... Although things changed over time, there were always two working adults in my family.... Although my wife decided to stay at home for the kids, and I worked, we are reversing the role for awhile because I have a business that I can actually work from home with... My wife is an individual who is partnered with me to raise our four healthy children, without all of these traditional role models...

Becky Jenkins -  Internet Marketer

We all want as much time as possible with our famalies, I don't think that has changed much along with good manners it transends generations.

For me the key is what is right for the family and the great thing today is that we have moved away from the stereo types of the the 50's to an acceptable mix of mum working or dad working or both.

The internet has made it possible for a business to be run from home providing flexibility around working hours. That provides so many more options to suit the family, so there is no desire what so ever to revert to the 50's!

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Great information and discussion and for me there's no need to go back to old days and women nowadays are flexible enough to support family needs and present good parenting.

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I have been married for 15 years and have 3 amazing children that i have been blessed to be able to raise and homeschool...but i tell ya, I would go back to the 50s in a heartbeat!!! I would love to be able to allow y children to go to a decent school that wasnt run by drug dealers, where most young people were happy with "just" holding hands. There was an innocence from that time that we dont have now. And not all women were repressed and miserable...i have known many women from that era that loved it and were so sad to see if fade away. We think that we have evolved so much and that we are better off for it, but myself and others out there dont think so. If they didnt then there wouldnt be a recognizeable longing!


As a parent I want that my wife should be at home taking care of our children, rather than being a working mom. Time past by that our children grow we will not be able to see their development at school and at home if both parents work.

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