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'Being a stay-at-home mum is easier for expats'

The Local · 17 Feb 2012, 15:39

Published: 17 Feb 2012 15:39 GMT+01:00

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It was written by someone called Madeleine, a Swedish mother of two grade-school girls who had moved to Palo Alto, California.

The gist of the article was that life as a stay-at-home mum and self-described “housewife” was great, so much better than her life in Sweden.

In Palo Alto, her days were filled with driving her kids to sports practices and play dates, helping them with their homework, and, of course, baking cookies. Parents are required to “volunteer” in the classroom one hour per week.

People can choose to stay home with their kids if they want—there’s no pressure to work. Life was so much easier. What? I thought to myself as I read this article.

I thought Sweden was supposed to be one of the best countries to raise kids, a country where health care is free and daycare is pretty close.

I had even heard a rumor that parents get a monthly stipend for each kid—we would get paid to have kids if we lived in Sweden? How could life in the U.S. be easier?

Although you would never hear the “h” word come out of my mouth, I, too, was a stay-at-home mum, and although I only lived a short drive away from Madeleine, I felt miles away from her idyllic description of parenthood.

My life felt more like this: struggling with San Francisco preschool admissions (preschool admissions?), dealing with a mountain of health insurance bills and schlepping two kids to school, activities, appointments and play dates.

Every afternoon, as Gabrielle would snuggle up in her car seat for a late-afternoon nap, I’d worry that my two-year-old was starting to think she thought of the car as an extension of our home. Actually, it was.

Don’t get me wrong—I felt lucky to be able to be at home with our kids, a privilege that many Americans can’t afford. I enjoyed the feeling of togetherness in the household that I consciously cultivated. But, as anyone who has been home with two kids under the age of 5 can tell you, it didn’t feel easy.

What got me about Madeleine’s article was her rose-colored view of being a “housewife” in the US.

Contrary to what the popular Swedish television show Hollywood Wives might lead people to think, I was not basking in the lap of luxury, and I wasn’t baking a lot of cookies, either.

But, as luck would have it, I got to meet the author only a few weeks later. My Swedish teacher invited her to come and talk to the group about her experiences as a Swedish mum in the US, which proved to be enlightening.

“How can you think parenting here is relaxed?” I demanded as politely as possible.

“What about the constant my-kid-is-better-than-yours pressure? And the pressure to be the best, the perfect mum? And the pressure to constantly volunteer for baking and fundraising and spending more time in the classroom? Don’t you feel the pressure???”

I realize I’m making myself sound a little neurotic, but we all have our fears, and here’s mine: that I’m not doing a good enough job as a mum. And societal pressures weren’t helping.

“Sure, there’s pressure in the U.S.,” she answered casually. “It’s just that, back in Sweden, there was so much more pressure.”

Madeleine went on to describe her life before their move to California.

Her husband travelled a lot, and, in addition to taking on all parenting responsibilities and running the family’s daily life, there was plenty to do to get ready for their move.

So, for their last year and a half in Sweden, she quit her job and stayed home, taking on all that other stuff full-time. And everyone thought she was crazy. And lazy. And selfish.

“What do you do all day?” her friends asked. How can an educated, experienced woman just be a housewife?

Well, of course this thought has crossed my mind. I’ve certainly asked myself this question more than once while, say, sitting on the bathroom floor reading Once Upon a Potty for the thousandth time.

But the question wasn’t keeping me up at night. Stay-at-home-mum is an acceptable choice in the U.S., and it’s not seen as a permanent job, either.

And then it came to me. It wasn’t that Madeleine didn’t see all the parenting pressures in the U.S.; she just didn’t feel them. At least, they didn’t affect her as deeply as they did me, a fully-indoctrinated American mum.

Just like my decision to stay at home doesn’t plague me the way it did her.

Now, I am in her position. I am parenting in another country, where a completely new set of standards and expectations hover over parents. And guess what? It does feel so much easier being a parent here.

But I suspect this is the reason: as I learned from the insightful Madeleine, it’s easier as an ex-pat parent to ignore the societal parenting pressures I don’t agree with here in Sweden because I don’t feel them in my gut in the same way.

Like, for example, the pressure as a modern woman in Sweden, a woman dedicated to gender equity, to not let my career get sidetracked by motherhood… and yet I should still have plenty of quality time with my kids. How’s that for pressure?

Is it possible to meet this standard? Yes. In fact, one of my California friends here seems to have achieved this balance within a few years of her family’s move here.

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But likely? My informal research lacks statistical significance, but the evidence around me seems to point to “no.”

So I’m making the best of both of my worlds: I’m ignoring the pressure to put my career on equal or higher footing than my home life.

But, as the only mum I know in the neighborhood that spends her afternoons with her kids, it’s much easier to temper the internal pressure to be a good enough mum.

Dealing with societal pressure is a trick that any parent anywhere has to master, but, as an ex-pat parent, I realize that I now have an advantage.

When I stop to talk to other mums in the neighborhood, they ask, “So, are you still…?” and trail off. I know the word they’re avoiding: the “h” word.

“I’m working a little, but I’m mostly home with the kids,” I answer and smile.

“One of those peculiar American housewives” has no doubt crossed the minds of some of these mums. But I know I’m no Maria Montazami. I’m just trying to make the right choice for me.

Rebecca Ahlfeldt

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:33 February 17, 2012 by ann2
Yes, too funny, the shame of being a mom and actually doing the work, instead of dumping them on a paid substitute! Glad I don't feel the need to prove the equality of my sex. Of course, I spent up to the age of 39 working American-style, 2 weeks vacation a year if I was lucky (of course, not possible with part time jobs, jobs that I had been in less than a year, OR even my last full-time job, which I left with the company owing me 4 weeks vacation time, simply because I wasn't allowed to take the vac ation time owed me).

Now I'm working half-time, dropping the kids off, spending 5 1/2 hours at the office, racing to pick them up, then doing the activity runs, cleaning, sometimes even cooking, and what do I get from the company health association? "Nice that you can take it easy." Rolling eyes internally but hey, yes, compared to most women here, I am! Can't even fathom leaving the kids at school-cum-fritis until 4:30 or 5:00 or 5:30 like most ladies are forced to.
18:54 February 17, 2012 by JulieLou40
I wish you would find out your facts before you write your fluffy, empty, articles. Sweden's health-care is NOT, I repeat NOT, free.
19:46 February 17, 2012 by Opinionfool
Staying at home, watching one's children grow up, develop into individuals.caring for them and a myriad of other jobs what better role could there be for a house-spouse.
01:59 February 18, 2012 by Sushiw
If you don't want to be part of the rat race you will stick out. Sweden, at least in the more central areas are very narrow minded in this respect. You will be frowned apon to some degree. The danger is that the government don't think you are actually good enough for your child. You do not give it enough, nursery does, even from the age of one years old the so called experts tell parents that it is good for the child and the norm is to go out to work and so the rat race begins. To think outside this is dangerous.

We went a step further, we homeschool. Big No no in sweden. The state need to teach the children. The state need to know the future population will comply. We are now forced to leave the country. Being a HOUSEWIFE is a priviledge and I love it. I love every minute I help my husband and our kids be who they should be without any interference from any living soul on this earth.

But that is not to be found in Sweden, nor soon sadly in many other countries posssibly if Sweden starts to lead the way and if people are not informed. Don't people know how much responsiblity it is to bring a child into this world, to learn to cook, and clean properly is an art. To know how to sew, bake, paint, wallpaper, do lots of diy around the house.

Housewife work is so varied, especially as a homeschool mum. I see my children develop their own choices and opinions without peer pressure. I am my own boss and my kids help me and each other and dad. Dad is someone we look up to not down on. The kids love me just as much and the memories no one can every take away and would never have a right to. But in Sweden, this is not to be. At least for now.
07:15 February 18, 2012 by skogsbo
if you intend to stay in Sweden long term, there are benefit to Dagis/PreSchool, group and social interaction with other kids who they will follow through formal schooling until at least their 16th year. Throw them in it at 6/7yrs and they'll be outsiders - oh! that'll be another article drivel for you!

I'm against home schooling as kids need to play, interact and share with other kids. Many lessons in life to learn there.
08:54 February 18, 2012 by stenhuggaren
Yet another middle-aged, upper middle-class white person who see themselves as a rebel underdog - this sad trend is becoming something of a cliché.

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12:29 February 18, 2012 by anniegother
If you are writing in the voice of an American living in Sweden, please use the American vernacular! Mum is a term almost exclusively used by my British friends! Mom, mother, mommy are what Americans identify with when discussing the female parent! Using a British term so MANY times in your article was a real turnoff when you were so otherwise espousing such American THINKING. To thine own self be true.
14:00 February 18, 2012 by skogsbo
anniegother, very true, I certainly don't want anyone thinking that the articles she writes are in anyway connected with the average consensus of British Ex pats opinions on life in Sweden.

What she should write, "Is being a stay at home mum for Expats is easy if you partner earns enough money!" Which applies pretty much to every parent in Sweden.
17:22 February 18, 2012 by Kaethar
Interesting article. As for the comments you're completely misunderstanding the issue people have with "housewives." It's not about wanting to spend more time with your kids that's the problem - it's denying the father the right to do the same since he is now in the position of sole economic provider and will be able to spend even less time with the kids. If you sure economic duties you will both be able to spend more time at home with the kids. THAT is why Swedes look down on housewives and see them as selfish. And they've got a point.
19:56 February 18, 2012 by skogsbo
it is also why both parents get equal paternity / maternity packages, although you can swap a % of days in each direction.

Perhaps an article of Ex Pat stay at home dads is due. Equally drivelsome, written in single sentences or bullet points of course.

It is also when the bubble burst as mamma completely looses touch with the jobs market and pappa is tied to work his butt off until retirement.

We go for the compressed or short week, kids do 3 days dagis a week, I work for myself from home flexibly 7 days a week, MsSkogs works 4 days a work. Kids get a 3 Day weekend with us both at home, every week. Perfect.

Kids shouldn't miss out on group stuff at dagis, parents shouldn't miss out on seeing and helping their kids develop either, both are vital.
20:30 February 18, 2012 by slash_gordon
Well I stopped reading a bit after it says that healthcare is free in Sweden. Yes, it's for children, but you make it sound like it like it's free for everyone. It's in countries like Australia that it's free for everyone (and still way better quality care).

Why don't you learn Swedish and learn about the Swedish systems. You are a total embarrassment to us ex-pats who have learnt the language and about Sweden and consequently assimilated instead of thinking "well, Swedes speak English, so I'll be okay".

Also, what are you going to do when all your kids have gone to school? You think anyone will want to employ you? I wouldn't. You have no useful skills or experience. So how do you like those apples?
20:40 February 18, 2012 by dizzymoe33
"What about the constant my-kid-is-better-than-yours pressure? And the pressure to be the best, the perfect mum? And the pressure to constantly volunteer for baking and fundraising and spending more time in the classroom? Don't you feel the pressure???"

You see this quote above that is what is wrong with society these days. Everyone is trying so hard to keep up with the "Joneses" instead of living within their means!! It is that "me, me, me attitude" in the US that is getting us into trouble.
23:51 February 18, 2012 by bloor west
@skogsbo Great that you found a solution that works for you. And you know what? Rebecca's situation works for her. People need to respect other's choices in what is best for their family. Don't assume every woman would be a "housewife" if they had the money, and don't assume every stay-at-home mom is repressed by her husband and would rather be working. Everyone needs to mind their own business!
00:52 February 19, 2012 by JulieLou40
Rebecca, you're just a sh*t writer. You never say anything of substance, you contradict yourself frequently, and I wish you would just stop.
02:56 February 19, 2012 by Sushiw
Homeschooling Kids are mixing with kids in all walks of life, not just in an institution that is not even adapted for their needs but for the needs of the employers and parents. Such a myth that they don't mix with other kids.

They are more secure, more informed about what is going on around them and in the world. They build up real friendships based on who they are not what they wear at school.

It is just about getting informed. I don't impose it. Just the freedom to choose. Fathers have a very big responsiblity. Many work from home so see the kids on a very regular basis, plus in some families the homeschooling is done by both parents anyway. Could write heaps more: www.rohus.nu

We are by no means middle class, had to laugh if I think of it. But we are free of the stress, Save up to travel to countries to learn the real story and not just from school censured text books. But not all families are alike. The beauty of choice and liberty.
13:37 February 19, 2012 by cogito
Sweden is not a great place for children. It is, however, a great place for the parents. They get paid to breed but then don't really need to take much responsibility for their offspring who are dumped into state collectives at far too young an age.

Swedish children look unhappy.
14:24 February 19, 2012 by Streja
Desperat......editor wake up!! ;)

I agree with skogsbo and kaethar....what about the dads? Are they not tired at work? Why do you want to abuse your spouse like that? Some women need to stop treating their husbands like slaves.

A feminist.
03:43 February 20, 2012 by AmusedMuses
I hate when people say "had the privileged to afford to stay home" it's a bunch of BS. A LOT of Americans can't afford to WORK because the day care costs CANCEL out the 2nd income. I can't WAIT to go home to Sweden, so I can afford to go back to work.
09:28 February 20, 2012 by bloor west
AmusedMuses, a lot of people in Sweden can't afford to STAY HOME with their children (a choice they would prefer) because the taxes CANCEL out any possibility of living decently on one income for a few years. It ain't perfect anywhere ...
13:43 February 20, 2012 by mickylee
I think it's easier to be a parent in Sweden (given barnbidrag, resources, government support, etc.), but being a stay-at-home parent is, as people have pointed out, dependent on other factors (like your household economy, your partner's salary, etc.). There's no way I could afford to do it.
14:59 February 20, 2012 by skogsbo
sushiw lets be fair a lot of stay at home parents have far more to do the mothers needs and insecurities, than anything to do with the kids. They think of reasons how it benefits their kids, but really the background issues all belong to them.
10:36 February 21, 2012 by Token-not-found
I just can't stand this lady.
20:45 February 21, 2012 by Opinionfool

It's not the lady herself I can't stand, because I don't know her from Eve, but rather her ideas and expression thereof. Too many times the sub-text of her articles is "Sweden's not like the US at all so it isn't as any good". (Or maybe the more blunt "I wish I was back in the US.") For this article the content is simply banal; I would guess she has to turn in a prescribed number of words per week so when there are no real ideas in her head she writes idiotic junk like this.

Though there is one positive; she isn't that other US contributor Gwen Ramsay --- you know the one: doesn't work yet can spend hours in a cafe shop surfing the net pretending to look for jobs or visiting expensive restaurants that not even those with good jobs can afford to patronise, can't distinquish between Thai restaurants and Thai massage parlors. (Once the snow has gone I'm expecting to see Ramsay emerge from hibernation.)
07:19 February 22, 2012 by skogsbo
I expect she will be out soon, maybe an easter article. Perhaps the editors ask them to write 400 words, single sentences of less than 25words, strictly no paragraphs, nothing overly opinionated, controversial, original or of any substance, ideally with some bad google translating in it somewhere.
18:55 February 22, 2012 by SwedePea
This was absolutely obnoxious to read. You can have your own opinions about being a stay-at-home-mom in Sweden, but you also need to see how horribly selfish you are acting from another perspective. I am also an American living in Sweden and at least I am trying to assimilate into society, learn the language, and when I have children I wouldn't deny them the social time they would get with other kids in dagis. I also wouldn't want to put the sole burden of bread-winning on my sambo, it's not fair to him or the children to get so much of one parent and barely any of the other.

And on a completely unrelated note: Why on earth do you use the word 'mum' obsessively? You're American, not British and it makes you sound pretentious and clueless. This article was horrible and close-minded and I can only hope that your Swedish mate can talk some sense into you.
23:01 February 22, 2012 by stateohio905
in this world live two kind of ppl:" the glass is half-full and the glass is half-empty". I have been reading Rebecca's articles, and she is definitely "half-empty" person. I really fill sorry for her.
07:38 February 23, 2012 by Baned
I concur. As a fellow Californian living in Sweden, I have definitely felt more judgement for not working full-time. In fact, Swedes around me seemed to have expected I should have had a full-time job before even setting foot in Sweden --- without even knowing the constraints of the immigration process!

Even when I first found part-time work in early 2010, I never got a hint of a congratulatory response from anyone. It was and still is always followed by "why don't you find more work at ...". Perhaps the Swedes I know are more sheltered then most? They're not really friends with other "foreigners" and plainly don't understand how hard it is.

But I digress. The pull of conformity in Sweden is without a doubt much stronger than in the States (where rebellion is often praised). Women working is the norm in Sweden, and the sentiments of Swedes to that notion is much stronger, to the point of automatic judgement! At least that's the Sweden I know and live in.

Do I like it? Absolutely not! I generally think it's no ones business but the couple's and I especially HATE IT when people quote feminism!!! Feminism is about respecting women's choices -- not expecting others to abide by someone elses ideals!

If I chose to be a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) in sunny California, I wouldn't get half the judgement I get a part-time worker here. People there are too busy to worry about what anyone else is doing!
14:27 February 23, 2012 by bloor west
@Baned : well said. It¨s about women being able to make choices and having those choices respected. Reading these posts I am baffled by how people assume their circumstances and values are the only ones that count. You know, I have a Master's degree and had a well-paying office job. TOGETHER WITH MY HUSBAND, I made a conscious choice to choose a new career path that involves working part-time (and earning a hell of a lot less money) for the next few years so I can spend more time with our children. He's happy with it, I'm happy with it, and my kids are happy with it (trust me, they are THRILLED to be picked up early a few days a week). So @Swedepea how can this be selfish?
17:00 February 23, 2012 by stateohio905
@bloor west.

Thank you, may be you should write in TL instead of Rebecca. Her opinions and observations do not help anybody, foreigners or Swedes. Your experience is more inspiring.
19:45 February 23, 2012 by stenhuggaren
I am thinking bloor west and Rebecca are one and the same person.
12:29 February 24, 2012 by bloor west
@stenhuggaren Ha ha ha. Yes, this article struck a chord with me as you can see. And if it hadn't been for Rebecca's Christmas article, your last comment might not have offended me!
19:53 February 24, 2012 by SwedePea
@ bloor west: I have no problem with your situation. You've chosen to still help the household by working part-time and it's great that you can spend more time with your kids by picking them up early. BUT the woman that wrote this article was coming off as 1) not working AT ALL and 2) her kids weren't going to dagis and getting the social time they need with other kids, they were just home with her all day. I don't think that's healthy for the children OR the mother. Also, if the writer didn't want her motives or values questioned, she shouldn't be a writer. People WILL disagree, simple as that. I dislike outdated parenting methods (like hers) and I don't see myself as being selfish for wanting to contribute money to the household AND be a mother simultaneously. My grandmother did it, my mother did it, and so will I. You don't have to choose one or the other, welcome to the 21st century Bloor.
20:42 February 24, 2012 by skogsbo
I think it's quite Swedish for both parents to pull their weight, it also sets a good role model for kids of either sex. Our kids mormor went 50/50 in putting funds into a family business venture in 1970 with her husband, although technically they had bothered getting married yet, you just would have seen that in many other western countries. Both her daughters are now business owners, our kids will probably do same, it better to aspire to that, than push out kids, then tell everyone how being a housewife is like a full time job!
07:00 February 25, 2012 by jomamas
There need be nothing said, let alone an article written about a mother who wants to stay home with her children or keep a home.

It is sad to even think that this is an issue or controversy in any way shape or form.

Swedish progressives will do their best to destroy any semblance of normality.
08:07 February 25, 2012 by skogsbo
Nothing to do with Swedish progressives, its about equipping your kids with the best attributes for the modern world, its not the 1950s or 60s anymore.
17:38 February 25, 2012 by SwedePea
skogsbo: "Nothing to do with Swedish progressives, its about equipping your kids with the best attributes for the modern world, its not the 1950s or 60s anymore."

Wonderful! Couldn't have said it better myself! :D
00:46 February 26, 2012 by Sushiw
Hej Skogsbo,

I don't personally know any mothers that are so dependant on their children and on ly think of themselves. I am sure you have a valid point in some cases. I guess we would we would need to get to know each individuals situation before we could judge, if we have any right to do that? It always boils down to freedom of choice.

Asking questions, being interested in someones life in a positive way without preconcieved ideas always healthy. I suspect in some cases it still would do less damage than some schools or daycare facilities. We are all different and have different ways of living our lives and bringing up our children, as long as we are not teaching them to hate. Normality for one is not the same for another. I like that. That is what teaches respect, even if I have my world view. Surely to be open minded is to even respect those that would like to live as if it were 1950?
12:53 February 28, 2012 by jamesblish
Most people can't afford to stay at home with the kids. And if you do, you're likely to suffer serious losses is you get divorced or if your spouse dies and you're left to live on your own, reduced pension.
22:27 February 29, 2012 by stevo1

Healthcare is NOT free in Australia. You pay an additional 7% of your gross earnings, or an extra 9% if you dont have private health insurance at tax time. And being an expat from there, I once went to an ED after having food poisioning and was told to wait in the waiting room for 7 hours while i continually threw up, only to drag myself to a toilet where I almost died there, if it wasn't for my Swedish wife recognising I had been gone for 30 mins, i would be dead lying next to the toilet, as I had lost so much fluid out of my body I was unconscious and about 10 mins from cardiac arrest.

Also, wait list for elective surgery (anything non life threatening) is over 12-18 months.

Further the government has decided to move the medical model to the US based health model, thus privatising public hospitals, so you have less staff, more patients and even more inferior care, for maximum profit.

A standard GP appointment will set you back about $60 AUD and the gov't will give you back about $22 of that. In Perth (where I'm from) there are only about 12 clinics that bulk bill (free consults) but you need to book about 2 weeks in advance to get an appointment, so if it's urgent you pay, or take your chances in a public hospital ED.

Oh and I love that I can now spend time with my son equally with my wife, instead of seeing him for 30 mins per day in Oz :D
09:52 March 1, 2012 by jamesblish
There are no laws or rules against being a stay-at-home parent in Sweden. You can say no to the free money and do whatever you like if that's what you want.
11:36 March 1, 2012 by skogsbo
sushi, I have no issue with folk bringing their kids up as though the world has stood still for 60 years, but you 'may' not being doing your kids any favours in the long run. When the kids who are currently at Dagis leave Uni, it will around the 2030s, it will be a very different and even more competitive world, if you think now is different to your childhood, give it another 15-20 years.
14:45 March 3, 2012 by Happyhappy
Why do people assume that if a woman is at home, she is lazy or selfish or uneducated or has no other prospects? Are these assumptions made by people who have never stayed at home with the kids, full-time? It sure sounds like it.

I have done both the full-time mother/housewife and full-time working spouse thing. When I stayed at home after having our child, it was a decision my husband and I took together for various reasons. I can assure you, staying at home full-time with a child was not easy and I was in for a HUGE shock. There were many times I wished I could just go to the office again so that I could simply sit on a chair and be with adults, have coffee breaks and not have to run around constantly, be stimulating, shop, clean, play, run around to various activities and have dinner on the table by 6. That was the REALLY hard job and it was unpaid. Going to work is nothing in comparison. My sister in law has 3 kids, she CHOSE to not have more than 6 weeks maternity leave with any of them because, as she said, it was too much hard work, she'd rather be at the office.

How about considering that to stay at home might have been a choice taken by both partners in the relationship/marriage because they want to or can afford it and it works for THEM? It can make home life easier in the sense that if it is agreed the stay at home wife/mother takes care of the housework and childcare, then the father/husband is relieved from having to share those duties on top of his job.

It's personal choice. My kid has no social problems, is very outgoing and has tons of friends even though she ever only attended daycare/playschool part-time. She will do just as well as a child who was handed over to dagis aged one and, I believe, both of us were lucky: her mother was available to her and I got to raise my own child, spend time with her etc. Life is too short.

I don't think many people on their deathbed wish that they'd spent more time at the office. (but if that's what you want to do, do it!). Whatever we choose doesn't make us a better or worse person. Live and let live!
16:14 August 31, 2012 by krissyafite1979
I was just curious, when did Sweeden stop supporting stay at home moms? Is this a recent thing? I am asking because my grandmother was from there but she passed away at over 90 and when she lived there, there was not stigma attached to staying home and it was common, yes it was decades ago, but when did this happen? I don't have children but I know people who do and I do not think staying home is selfish. People I know who are stay at home moms struggle financially and have to budget there money, but they make sure their children have everything they need and always put their children first. Also, contrary to what most people said, the fathers spend a lot of time with there children and put in a lot of effort to be with them and the fathers are not overburdened with work, the mothers might do more of the labor, cleaning, changing diapers, but hte fathers spend a lot of quality time with their children and help with the labor (diapers, cleaning) when they could. And not all of the husbands of the stay at home moms I know work extra, some do a little, but try there best to make sure they have enough time with there families, but many make a reasonably good living so they could work regular hours as long as they economize. When I have children I am going to stay home even if it is a struggle.
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There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

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