I'm discussing what families value - and how domestic value can be strikingly different to economic value. A sample:
what frequently limits change, blinds us to alternatives, and justifies mercenary relationships is debt: being shackled to repayments that last an adult lifetime. It’s what keeps many in the workforce for longer hours, in jobs they despise. It’s what justifies time away from children, wasted talents, frayed relationships. This is exacerbated by the property market, and the great dream of the family home. This is why so many Australians are experiencing so-called ‘mortgage stress’: their domestic lives are chained to this enormous debt burden, which fluctuates with international markets. The home is supposed to give families certainty, but instead they get monotony in labour, and insecurity in the hip pocket.(Photo: Martin Kingsley)
There’s no easy way out of this. But the first step is to recognise that many of the petty squabbles over housework and the office aren’t simply caused by personal failings. They’re built into the framework of indebted life, and the stress and sacrifices it demands.