Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, opened the Working Families Summit Monday in Washington.
"It's about creating policies to allow your worker to balance family and work," the vice president said. "And it's never going to be an absolute balance, but in a way that's better for them.
"It's important the business adopt policies that recognize that life is rarely simple and that the American family has changed," Jill Biden said.
Monday's summit is designed to rally employers and families to get behind the presidential memorandum President Obama is slated to sign later Monday to help working families get ahead.
The easiest way for working families to get ahead, Biden says, is just a little understanding.
"An awful lot of this can be done by subtle, but nonetheless, significant understanding of the circumstance of single — particularly single moms, and some single dads have to deal with."
The concrete steps that Obama will lay out later Monday will include increasing access to affordable child care, expanding tax credits that support working families and continuing to close the pay gap between men and women.