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June 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Women move into wage-earning positions

Couples need options for working less hours

Our society has changed from most women being homemakers, to most women being wage-earners outside the home.

Children and marriages have suffered through this transition. It’s time we make the next transition, with parents sharing the homemaking and wage-earning to best benefit the children and marriage.

The only way we can do that is by making it economically feasible to work fewer hours, especially for couples with young children.

Let’s give couples a better choice with a greater tax deduction or earned income credit for child care, regardless of whether it’s given at home or in a child-care center.

More parents at home will free up hours for the unemployed. With job sharing and flexibility incentives by the government, we as a society will all be better off.

Ruth Knagenhjelm, Normandy Park

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