Has the recession affected the balance between work and family in your household?
Going from two full-time salaries to one—or none—must be hard. But raising a family really should not require more than 40 hours of adult labor in a technologically advanced society, as a matter of distributive justice. There is also the issue of child development—if both parents are gone 40–60 hours a week, who’s raising the kids?
Is it possible that the recession might have a silver lining for some households? Has reduced hours or the loss of one paycheck helped your family spend more time together and be less materialistic? Or has the stress of unemployment negated any potential benefits you might have derived from spending more time together?