With unemployment numbers now breaking 7 percent—7.2 percent to be exact, according to figures released last week; it's a 15-year high, per MSNBC.com—more families than ever are having to adjust to the new world order.
Dismantling the "traditional model" isn't all that bad, I think; frankly, that's beyond dated (or so says the feminist in me). But hey, to each his/her own. Personal politics aside, I empathize with their enormous challenge.
It’s not only the high-flying income and the attendant abundance that have evaporated. For many couples, it’s also the assumption of what their marriages would look like; the traditional model — executive husband and stay-at-home wife — may be a little dated, or unworkable.