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Stay At Home Moms REVERSE Decades Long Decline

Posted by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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Found this today and it has me wondering ...

Do you see this happening in YOUR area where you live?



April 8, 2014 11:58 AM
More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline
By LAURA MECKLER

After decades of decline, the share of mothers who stay home with their children has steadily risen over the last several years, a new report has found.
In 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home.
Pew attributed the rise of stay-at-home mothers to a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors. The vast majority of married stay-at-home mothers, 85%, say they are doing so by choice in order to care for their families. That rate is much lower for single stay-at-home mothers, at 41%, and cohabitating mothers, at 64%.

The report also found a drop in women working because of the recession, a trend that has lingered as the economy recovers. Pew cited an increase in immigrant families, for whom it is more common to have a mother stay at home with her children, and an increase in the number of women who said they were disabled and unable to work.
A companion public opinion survey by Pew, from 2013, found that mothers are much more likely than fathers to have reduced work hours, take a significant amount of time off, quit a job or, by a small margin, turn down a promotion in order to care for a child or family member. Pew said 42% of mothers said they had reduced their work hours to care for a child or family member, versus 28% of fathers.
A second Pew survey, taken this year, found most in the general public think that children are better off with a parent at home: 60% said children are better off with a parent at home, versus 35% who said kids are just as well off when parents work.
The survey of 3,341 people was conducted in January and February. Groups most likely to say kids are better off with a parent at home include Hispanics, people with a high school degree or less and evangelical Christians, the report said.
The Pew analysis of trends for stay-at-home moms is based on an analysis of data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. It defines stay-at-home mothers as those who say they are staying home in order to care for their children, as well as those who are not able to find work, are disabled or are enrolled in school.
“This has important implications for the day to day lives of children,” said D’Vera Cohn, the report’s author.
The share of stay-at-home mothers is now higher than it was during the recession in 2008, when it reached 26%. About 6% of moms say they are home because they can’t find a job, up from just 1% in 2000.
The report didn’t find lots more college-educated mothers dropping out of the workforce to spend time with their kids. In 2000, 20% of college-educated mothers were at home, compared to 2012 when it was 21%. Ms. Cohn said college-educated workers have done much better in the economy, helping to explain why they might stay in the workforce.
The report also looked at how stay-at-home versus working moms use their time. Those at home spend more time on housework (23 hours per week versus 14 for working mothers), child care (18 hours vs. 11), leisure (31 hours vs. 22) and sleep (63 hours vs. 58 for working mothers).


Is this real or do you see it more as a trend that fades as quickly as it appeared?

  

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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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We have an increase in women who cannot find a frickin job, and it sounds as though this article is kind of counting them in the SAHM club.  They are, BUT around here they are joining the SAHM club as force entities.  We are in a very rural area, so we still have that sickening mentality that women "are taking a man's job" if they are out working in some jobs.  So for years there were lots of women who were doing construction work, but now that times are tougher the crews are hiring men instead.  Women are out on their ears.  Sigh.

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Being a working mom is terrific and I def admire moms that work for their families.

That being said, having a working mom is not what is always in the best interest of the family unit. I believe that part of changes we are seeing is also due to families realizing this.
Precious333
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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I am so thankful to be a sahm, it is by choice, although it is tempting to find a job at times since we do struggle financially at times.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Apr. 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I'd say yest, more and more a parent chooses to stay home to mitigate the costs of child care. But in my area is it getting to be more popular for it to be the DAD that stays home. 

JKronrod
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I know a number of professional women (I'm a lawyer) who at some point in time in their career chose to stay at  home with the children for  some period of time.  I've never done it, both for financial and personality reasons, but I understand why that choice may be the right one for some families. The stress of having essentially three jobs in a family (two outside the home and one inside) can play havoc on relationships and family time.  Two jobs with two people just makes more sense.  The real problem is that we, as a society, still don't respect the work that running a home well entails.   

kirbymom
by Sonja on Apr. 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM
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Quoting JKronrod:

I know a number of professional women (I'm a lawyer) who at some point in time in their career chose to stay at  home with the children for  some period of time.  I've never done it, both for financial and personality reasons, but I understand why that choice may be the right one for some families. The stress of having essentially three jobs in a family (two outside the home and one inside) can play havoc on relationships and family time.  Two jobs with two people just makes more sense.  The real problem is that we, as a society, still don't respect the work that running a home well entails.   




You are right that society doesn't give enough respect to what running a home entails.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Quoting KickButtMama:

I'd say yest, more and more a parent chooses to stay home to mitigate the costs of child care.


... But in my area is it getting to be more popular for it to be the DAD that stays home. 




I find this interesting! Have you ever wondered why the flip?
ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I read another article recently that was saying it was mostly a finanicial decision for many.  That makes me so sad because it means that there are  many who may want to stay home but cannot afford to.  Staying home is not for everyone.  I get that.  I recall a friend telling me decades ago that she's a better mother working.  I get that!

I'm sure there are some that stay home for financial reasons first and then come to love the impact on their family but I wish there were more staying home to be able to raise their own kids.

But, I'm an older mom and I had a career full of promotions, travel, company paid moves etc.  So, I also don't long for that either.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM
Quoting Precious333: I am so thankful to be a sahm, it is by choice, although it is tempting to find a job at times since we do struggle financially at times.



I completely understand your point of view. It's tough nowadays. More so than vefore technology became so advanced.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Apr. 15, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I think it just has to do with the type of jobs people worked. Before the recession we had tons of insurance and manufacturing jobs in this state, but now it's not so much. So I think a lot of dads were laid off and maybe never went back to work? 

Quoting kirbymom:
Quoting KickButtMama:

I'd say yest, more and more a parent chooses to stay home to mitigate the costs of child care. ... But in my area is it getting to be more popular for it to be the DAD that stays home. 

I find this interesting! Have you ever wondered why the flip?


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