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2009-06-26 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oooooohhh, one of my hot-buttons. I'll try to be coherent and moderate.
Yes, the 'her pay minus daycare costs' formula is not fair. You're both parents, so you're both responsible for taking care of your child, right? So half the cost of daycare should be charged against his income. Even if you're staying home doing all of it, half the going rate of daycare should be accounted as the value of services you're supplying to the family.
I also highly recommend a recent book called
The Feminine Mistake
. It is all about the issue of working after getting married or having kids, and it makes a lot of points about why continuous employment is better for you, your marriage, and your kids. One of the crucial points the author made was that it's not just a matter of this year's income versus this year's expenses.
Staying in the workforce means more chance of progressing on a career track, with promotions and raises. Leaving the workforce, even for one year, means you effectively start over at the entry level and entry-level salary; you lose the raises and promotions you got before you took time out, and would have gotten afterward.
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