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The puzzles of daily life : The temporal orders of families when parents have non‐standard work schedules (2023)

Siippainen, A., Närvi, J., & Alasuutari, M. (2023). The puzzles of daily life : The temporal orders of families when parents have non‐standard work schedules. International Journal of Social Welfare, 32(3), 291-305. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12576

The research was funded by Strategic Research Council at the Research Council of Finland.

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All authors or editorsSiippainen, Anna; Närvi, Johanna; Alasuutari, Maarit

Journal or seriesInternational Journal of Social Welfare



Publication year2023

Publication date01/12/2022


Issue number3

Pages range291-305


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/84337

Additional informationSpecial Issue: Challenges for Family and Child well‐being in the New Era


This article investigates the temporal orders of families as the daily rhythms and schedules when one or both parents work non-standard hours. Our focus is especially on the often asynchronous times of non-standard work, on one hand, and of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and other institutions, on the other hand. The data consist of semi-structured qualitative interviews of Finnish parents with a four-year-old child. The results show that the asynchronous times generated by non-standard working hours cause a wide range of collisions both in relation to childcare and ECEC and to the division of labour between parents. The parents are ‘wrestling’, not only because of the asynchrony of their own work but also because of the ‘pedagogical rhythm’ created by ECEC professionals. However, the parents also find ways to manage time, facilitated by workplace flexibility or spousal negotiations over the sharing of responsibilities.

Keywordsfamiliesfamily lifetime useworkingworking hoursatypical workchild careday careearly childhood education and careinterview study

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Reporting Year2022

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