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How Is Financial Stress Impacting Your Family?

Posted Nov 14 2009 12:00am

Why are our identities so mixed up with our work? Is it just the financial stress, or is it something deeper?

Regardless, American families are being turned upside down by the continuing scourge of unemployment. Some families are faring better than others, reports The New York Times. In many cases, children take the brunt of spousal strife, parental depression or parental anxiety.

As one dad tells the Times:

“I’ve heard a lot of people who are out of work say it’s kind of been a blessing, that you have more time to spend with your family. I love my family and my family comes first, and my family means more than anything to me, but it hasn’t been that way for me.”

I know what this dad means. For me, the stress is more about having enough funds to pay the bills than about not working. I get ample satisfaction from being a work-at-home dad and would be happy to call “dad” my career.

But not all parents feel this way, writes one commenter on the Times story:

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