He ran a family-owned business, working 60 to 70 hours a week, leaving Tamara doing all the child work. Although he agreed that he would come home at 2:30 in order to participate in Teaching, he was an hour late, even after getting phone reminders from Jo.
When confronted about his commitment to his family, Michael said he couldn't neglect his work. Jo told him as a result, he was neglecting his family. Michael said that this conversation was a wake-up call for him.
However, he continued to work late, making Jo question his commitment despite his insistence that his children were more important to him than work.
He was 35 years old at the time and is now 45 in 2017.