Woman (and men) who choose to stay home with their children instead of going to work are judged and ridiculed for their decision. Most people believe it is a luxury to have the option to stay at home…You might disagree.
Making The Decision To Stay At Home
The parents that stay home all day every day have it a lot rougher than those that choose to do the daily 9-5 hustle and bustle. So, that leaves many of us asking ourselves… is staying at home with kids easier than going to work?
Here are the facts that research shows
In a study conducted by AVEENO Baby, they surveyed new parents nearly 31% say that staying at home with children is much harder than going back to work.
22% of them stated they never finished a cup of tea again. Another funny statistic showed 33% of those parents say you will eat a majority of your meals with one hand. 48 % say starting a family was the best experience they have ever had.
Pew Research Center Top 4 Facts About Stay-At-Home Moms
1. More woman are staying home
In the past 10 years, the amount of mothers who run the household during the day has been on the rise.
2. Stay-at-home moms are usually less wealthy
34% of stay-at-home mothers are poor, compared with 12% of working mothers.
3. Stay-at-home moms in poverty have doubled in the past 40+ years
“While more stay-at-home moms are in poverty — those with working husbands generally are better off than those without. However, stay-at-home moms with working husbands are not as well off financially as married mothers who work outside the home.”
4. Are Most At Home by Choice Or Obligation?
– Married mothers are more likely to say caring for family is their principal reason for staying home.
– Single mothers are more likely to say they unable to find a job, ill or taking college classes.
5. Do Moms Ever Consider Going Back to Work?
A recent study found 57% of moms think about going back to work someday.
6. Depression, Sadness And Anger Are Common In Homemakers
– 42% of stay-at-home moms felt like they were struggling compared to 36% of working moms.
– The number of stay-at-home moms who smiled or laughed a lot the previous day was 81%, compared to 86% of working moms.
– 50% of SAHMs reported stress in their previous day, and 26% reported sadness.
“60% of Americans say a child is better off with at least one parent at home while only 35% said kids are just as well off with both parents working outside the home.”
We say do what’s best for your family. There is too much pressure put on whether kids should stay home with a parent. The final call is yours to make.
“It isn’t about the ‘luxury’ of choosing between staying home or working, because as research has shown us, both options come with their own set of challenges and circumstances. It’s really about making the decision that’s right for you.”