by Richard L. Burguet •
How are we to think of ourselves as men, as husbands and fathers, when economics require many wives to be family breadwinners and dads to stay at home?
If you are old enough to remember the 90s, when labels defining how the family functioned economically became popular, then the following terms are not new. In the age of “political correctness,” families were labeled as: DINKs (dual income, no kids); OINKs (one income, no kids); HENRYs (high earners, not rich yet); SITCOMs (single income, two children, oppressive mortgage); and DAMSLs (divorced, attempting to maintain standard of living).
How should we think of ourselves as men in these days, especially when we may not be the primary income earner and our wives carry the weight of earning more? The days of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo are long gone. Ralph and Alice Kramden of “The Honeymooners” are not the role models of our day. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” portrayal of Rob and Laura Petrie, where the husband goes to work while mom stays at home with the child, is not today’s norm.