Let’s imagine you are one of the parents in a nice little LDS family.  Three kids (let’s say), no one is pregnant and no one is nursing.

By mutual desire and agreement, the well-educated mother is of the stay-at-home variety and the well-educated father works for someone.  And then doesn’t.  Yup, the father is laid off. 

It becomes clear to you parents that the father’s industry is not in a good place right now, and there are no immediate prospects of re-employment at the necessary salary to sustain the family.  The mother, however, happens to have skills in an industry with jobs galore; she could virtually obtain full-time employment tomorrow, if she wanted it.

At what point for you, whether in time or circumstances, does this couple start to explore the idea of Mom going to work full-time?