Listening to Narrative Voices of Dual Income Parents in the Philippines

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This study explored the multi-layered nature of the work–life experiences of dual income parents in the Philippines by attuning to the voices within their narratives. The border theory was utilized as a framework in understanding these experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted among twelve individuals in dual income relationships. All participants had at least one child. The Listening Guide was used to analyze the qualitative data. Four stories emerged from the analysis: stories of financial struggle and security, stories of childcare, stories of connection, and stories of self-denial and self-care. Various voices within these stories were identified and discussed. Findings highlight the importance of balance and social support for dual income couples, as well as the relevance of socio-cultural nuances that impact work–life experiences. Practical implications, particularly how organizations can support their employees in dual income relationships, are discussed.