Reconciling work and family life

Reconciling work and family life

The birth of a child changes everything. Time management, for example, becomes harder – and more important. Several studies show that the birth of a child is also the onset of a new and more traditional way of life for many couples: As soon as the young mother is at home on maternity leave, she takes over all of the household chores as well as childcare. Quite often, the couple agrees on a traditional family model: After her leave, the woman opts for a part-time job, and takes on the role as housewife and main carer. The man works full time and becomes the main breadwinner.

Once the second child is born, the roles are reaffirmed. In such a situation, there is no equal distribution of money, childcare, gainful employment and domestic work. It is very hard to find the right balance between work and family life, between time spent with the children and time devoted to career. What would families need to reconcile more easily work and family life?

  •  Flexible working time models and part-time work
  • Core time at school
  • Equal distribution of domestic work and childcare

The online platform «Beruf und Familie: Massnahmen der Kantone und Gemeinden» collects all the information on laws and measures taken by cantons and municipalities to improve work-life balance for parents. www.berufundfamilie.admin.ch

Please read the chapters «Family Diversity» and «Professional childcare" in this guide for further information.

Switzerland

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Aargau

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Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

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Solothurn

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Book Recommendations

„ Und es geht doch! Wenn Väter mitziehen“

By Barbara Lukesch, Wörterseh Verlag, 2015.

 

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