Living in Real Time

Living in Real Time
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Parents with non-traditional work schedules often face considerable challenges coordinating employment with family routines. At the same time, the nature of motherhood and fatherhood is changing and raising children has become more time-intensive than ever before. In this book, Margo Hilbrecht explores how employed parents spend their time and the relationship to time pressure, stress and work-life balance. Drawing on a gender relations perspective, she uses quantitative data to outline differences and similarities among mothers and fathers, weaving together household factors, employment arrangements and broader socio-cultural influences. The findings raise questions about reconciling parents’ and employers’ needs with the rhythm of family life, and why patterns of gendered behaviour persist despite the obstacles and opportunities created by non-standard or irregular work hours. The role of leisure is highlighted as an important component of work-life balance. This book is...

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