The Two-Income Trap
Why Parents Are Choosing to Stay Home

Dispelling our most cherished myths about work-family balance, bestselling author and Fox News contributor Suzanne Venker argues that no one, male or female, can be a top professional and a fully engaged parent simultaneously. Women who want both children and career will find life easier and more satisfying by prioritizing motherhood over career, rather than the other way around.

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Interview with Suzanne Venker
Whenever I write a book or an article, I brace myself for the hostile reactions I know will come my way. I didn’t start out doing this, but I don’t think I’ve ever written anything that didn’t spark a backlash of sorts. I thought this interview would pacify my naysayers...
NEW BOOK! The Two-Income Trap: Why Parents Are Choosing to Stay Home
I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new book, The Two-Income Trap: Why Parents Are Choosing to Stay Home. (As a side note, I’m also thrilled about my new partnership with the fine folks at Post Hill Press. So so honored to be working with them.)The Two-Income Trap isn’t exactly new—it’s an updated version of my very...
Why paid maternity leave is not the answer
Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a choice and not have to deal with the consequences? That is the utopian world in which feminists live. In the real world, work-family conflict is inevitable for mothers who choose to be employed. When you focus on one area, you miss out on...
Staying home with one’s kids “is not a choice we want Americans to make.”
President Obama recently let slip what he really thinks of the nuclear family. Speaking in Rhode Island just before the mid-term elections, he said, “Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result....
The Nature of the Game: Gender Roles in Modern Marriage
Once upon a time, women complained men had only one job: to make money. So women said, “Wait a minute, I want to do that. Raising children and doing housework sucks.” Men weren’t the ones complaining about the arrangement—not because they had the better end of the deal, as feminists said, but...
The ‘Luxury’ of At-Home Motherhood
Ever since staying home with children became considered a perk of the rich, I’ve recoiled at the term “luxury”— which is so often used to describe today’s one-income family. I think about all the women I know, and even those I don’t, who make great sacrifices to have a parent at...
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“With the logical precision of a good trial lawyer, Venker takes on [the myths about staying home] and shows convincingly the fallacy behind each one." — a reader 

“Ms. Venker writes so articulately about the thoughts I've had as a mother but didn't know how to express. She helps us realize there are always repercussions for our choices. We can 'have it all,' but maybe not at the same time. Thank you, Suzanne, for saying what we all need to hear!”
— a reader 

“Thank you, Ms. Venker, for making me feel that what I am doing by staying home is the best thing for my children!”
— a reader  

“The author has decided to cut through the culture's politically correct rhetoric and simply tell it like it is: children want their moms around. Her basic premise is that motherhood has become all about the mother's needs and not about the children's needs.”
— a reader