In A Doll's House what obligations do both husband and wife share psychologically as well as materially when it comes to the rearing of their children?

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In A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen works with characters whose behaviors are a symptom of their time in history and place within society. Following the rudimentary ideal of the male as the head of the household and the woman as the nurturing companion, the marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer is rife with stereotypical ideals that are proper of the Victorian mindset. This mindset is quite based on the biblical principle of "Federal Headship" found in 1 Corinthians 11:3

"But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ"

Whether a Victorian couple was or was not the most "Christian" embodiment of virtue, this was a paradigm under which many marriages operated.

However, the same Victoria mindset that calls for a prudish and biblical marriage is not as virtuous when it came to the rearing of children. Children were not seen under the same psychological parameters that we have today. Far were the days when children would have been considered developmentally and psychologically different than young...

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