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In Arlie Hochschilds novel The Time Bind When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work the central premise is that American family life is increasingly spread into small slices of time with much rushing from task to task in order to meet the familys needs This causes a time bind with respect to the time that Americans spend with their children This premise leads one to ask the question Can anyone have it all This question is very subjective as the meaning of having it all changes with age and depends on ones status But the very core of having it all relies on one being at peace with what one has Thus anyone can have it all with little or no tradeoffs as ones definition of having it all can change as ones situation in life changes An example in popular media that illustrates Hochschilds central argument quite thoroughly is in the television show Everybody Loves Raymond One particular episode is about the wife Debra and her growing frustration that her husband Raymond is always working and never able to help her with their three children One day Debra decides to visit Raymond at work and finds him sitting down relaxing with friends watching a sports game Raymond tries to rationalize to her that since he is a sportswriter he needs to watch sports games for his work but Debra questions why he cannot do this at home so he can at least spend some time with his family Raymond has no answer for this Hochschild explains this behavior because she contends that despite long hours on the job people prefer to spend time at work to avoid the potential nagging of spouses and children Hochschild finds that Parents like Timmys father and Cassies mother lament the fact that their lives are too crowded their time with their children too limited They claim they want extra time at home But do they want something
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