Balancing roles at home while pursuing work life balance

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Recently I've been thinking about a few issues that relate to how we live daily and why it is that we are constantly pressured into living to the dictates of the society to which we belong.
More specifically, I've been doing some reading and watching a few online gender related videos which have provoked more thought on the issue for gender roles at home,work and in government and how these changing roles challenge the balance in our life. I'm also worried that our institutions on a whole may not be doing enough to facilitate better work life balance.

Are household responsibilities divided fairly in homes where both the husband and wife have jobs outside the home?

What can be done create a fairer environment which reduces the risk of burnout of one party?

What adjustments can be made to reduce the negative effects of work and overtime culture on family life?

Should employees ever have to face situations where they are forced to choose between work and family?

Part of the minimalist lifestyle should surely be to create a culture where companies and work are a means to an end and not an end in and of themselves.

What's your take on any of the questions raised above?
I wonder what @dmilliz @rarej @tanjakolader and @missaj think about these questions



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Interesting thoughts and I have been thinking about some of these issues myself.

Now just image, I’m washing the dishes and a Japanese friend stops by and sees me and says to my wife: “Dean is washing the dishes”. In his mind and culture, women do all the housework. But this thinking is from a time long gone or a pocket well full where only one partner works. The people in the relationship need to understand the needs of the household and apply themselves accordingly. Because each house is different. But what seems to be the case more often is the 2 working partners with the male having the old school mind set of the woman should do all the house work. Or the female feeling inadequate if she doesn’t do most of the house work.

And indeed the working world doesn’t seem to care what happens outside of its doors so isn’t concerned about the dinner that needs to be made or The child that needs picking up and taken care of.

Bro I have been seeing some insane gender dynamics. Recently met a lesbian couple with 4 kids and I was wondering how that works. But the my make it work.

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I agree with you @dmilliz . Each household is unique and people need to set their own family culture. Unfortunately people allow too many other factors determine how they should act which usually complicate their lives. Team work makes the dream work.

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Agreed. Teamwork does make the dream work.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the issue bro. I realize that we are in the middle of a transitional period here in Japan as more women are actively participating in the job market out of necessity

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