Here’s the list, in order of importance:
- A husband’s emotional engagement
- A breadwinning husband
- A commitment to marriage
- Staying at home
- Shared religious attendance
- Traditional gender attitudes
I want to highlight #3, because it’s the one I most frequently find missing in younger, unmarried Christian women.
Here’s number three:
American wives, even wives who hold more feminist views about working women and the division of household tasks, are typically happier when their husband earns 68% or more of the household income. Husbands who are successful breadwinners probably give their wives the opportunity to make choices about work and family—e.g., working part-time, staying home, or pursuing a meaningful but not particularly remunerative job—that allow them to best respond to their own needs, and the needs of their children.
The reason I have found that the young, unmarried Christian women oppose…
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