Time, Love, and Cash in Couples with Children

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Time, Love, and Cash in Couples with Children (TLC3) [1] is a study that consists of four waves of interviews with parents (married and non-married) who experienced a birth in the year 2000. Both mothers and fathers participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews individually and as a couple in each of the four waves. Interviewers were encouraged to probe and to be flexible with the order of the questions to foster a more conversational interaction. During the TLC3 interviews respondents were asked their views on parenthood, child-rearing responsibilities and expenditures, family structure and relationships, the amount of time spent with their child, their domestic responsibilities, and household income and expenditures. Questions also focused on the relationship between the parents. Respondents were asked how much time they spend together, what their thoughts were on the future of their relationship, and their general views on marriage, parenthood, and gender roles.

This topic is like a course offered at University of California, Berkeley titled "Time, Money and Love in the Age of Technology"; offered around 2008. The instructor said, "You can have all the money in the world, but no time to enjoy it; can have all the love in the world without money. But you cannot have Love without time."

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