Things sure were different in our parents’ day, especially when it came to marriage dynamics. While we may not do marriage better than our parent’s marriage, we can learn a lot from their relationship missteps. Check out these old-fashioned marriage philosophies, and discover why they could be damaging.
Women were more financially dependent on their husbands
It wasn’t uncommon for the family’s bread winner—the husband—to control all the money and not include the wife’s name on the bank accounts. “Women had to stay with their spouses to keep eating and taking care of their children’s necessities,” says Dr. Lombardo. This put husbands in dominant positions. Today, not only are there more two-income households but also more joint accounts and individual accounts for women. “Financial independence allows us to decide what’s best for us,” says Dr. Lombardo. “Instead of feeling helpless, women are empowered.”