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Jones Work and Family Case

 You have been friends with Jim and Lisa Jones since childhood.  They were teenage sweethearts who both come from large families in the town where you all grew up. Both of them have worked full time since their marriage except for a three-month maternity leave after their son Jason was born. They both had demanding jobs, but Lisa asked to take on less responsibility when her work took too much time away from their son. They want the best for their son and have found excellent childcare, which costs about $1050 per month. They want to have one or two more children, but they don’t know when that will be because having a large family like they came from seems unrealistic at this point.

Jim has hit a plateau at work.  He has a stable but unexciting position making about $60,000 a year.  He works about 45 hours per week and has about a 45-minute commute each-way.  He adores Jason and wishes he had more time to spend with him. 

Lisa has been a rising star at her work since returning from maternity leave two years ago.  She works about 60 hours per week and earns $105,000 per year.  She has been offered an executive position in Atlanta with a $175,000 per year salary, plus bonuses and stock options.

Jim and Lisa are struggling over what to do about her job offer.  They live in a $500,000 three-bedroom house with a $3,500 per month mortgage.  They also feel that things are not quite right. Although they are making a reasonable amount of money, they feel something is missing in their life.  They wonder if you have any advice to give to them about what they should do. 

Your Assignment

Three Scenarios for the Jones Family (1 page each)

Briefly (about one page each) describe three distinct scenarios the Jones family might choose to follow during the next year. In your writing, include the consequences of these three choices for the long term (over the next 25 years).  These three scenarios should be as different from one another as you can make them.  Be as creative as you can, not necessarily closely tied to the background information.  For each scenario include basic demographic information like the eventual size of their family, marital status, employment history, religious activity, geographic location, major family achievements, crises, health history, etc.  Have fun and be creative!   

Your Reflection (1 page)

On one additional page, reflect on your reaction to this assignment and what you have learned from it.  Which of your written scenarios is the one closest to the scenario you hope to follow?  What are your thoughts about how to provide for a family and how family life should be balanced with work? 

Grading Criteria:

Your grade will depend on your ability to effectively and clearly describe the three scenarios and provide a thoughtful reflection of the assignment. Using appropriate headings is expected.

  1. Provide a complete description of each scenario (minimum one page each) and the consequences of each scenario (6 points per scenario).
  2. Reflection page must address each of the issues described above (12 points).

*As a note, please cite your references, for example, if you decide to quote or use ideas from the textbook please cite the information in-text by typing (Johnson, Miller, & Olsen, 2013), if you are using a direct quote please add the page number (Johnson, Miller, & Olsen, 2013 pg) If you are using information directly from the PowerPoint slides you can type (Darcy Keady, Class Notes, Spring 2015). This will help avoid issues regarding plagiarism.*

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