Traditional nuclear family

Traditional nuclear family

The father is the breadwinner, working full time. The mother takes care of one or two or maybe more children and does the housework. This is the old ideal of the family dating back to the period of industrialisation in the 19th century. Other cultures don’t share this ideal. Even in our western culture it was common to share the work involved in keeping a family. For example, in agricultural societies, all members of the family contributed to growing crops and taking care of animals. A man can only be the family’s sole breadwinner if his job pays well enough to sustain the whole family. In most cultures, this has never been the norm. Even in Switzerland today, it is hard to live according to the old ideal. Many mothers have no choice but to get a job. Besides, many women choose to stay in their job after giving birth, because they want to pursue their own career, too. Every family should have a choice of how they want to organise their lives. There is no right or wrong way of life, but it must be renegotiated again and again over time, as the children grow older.