This topic is one of those that can get people REALLY riled for some weird reason.
I think different things work for different people in different situations. These days with living expenses and housing prices etc, it is very difficult for a family to live on 1 salary.
I don't have kids, yet, but when the time comes, I honestly think I would go bananas if I had to give up my career for 5+ years, only to find when I try to reenter that my 'skills base' is out of date and I am now unemployable without further university training. It would literally drive me to the edge of insanity because it is something that is really important to me. Hell I'm doing 8 years of Uni to do it!!!
An interesting thing some young families at work are doing is both partners working part time plus a day or 2 at daycare which seems to work quite well. I wouldn't mind looking at that format, but then there's the availability of daycare places.
Then there's the whole thing about stay at home dads. Women have been 'empowered' to have it all - but men still aren't 'empowered' to be able to take on the traditionally feminine homebody role and still get odd looks if they say they look after the kids during the day!! Basically that means women are now expected to work double shift, while men are still stuck only in the office!
Basically it's a complex issue and different families need to work it out according to their needs.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"