Survey says moms tired of working

Filed under: Just For Moms, Just For Dads, Work Life

Moms are less interested in working outside the home, according to a recent survey.

In the last decade, the number of moms who want to work full-time has dropped significantly -- with only 21% of moms who work outside the home describing their situation as ideal, down from 36% 10 years ago. Likewise, only 16% of stay-at-home moms expressed an interest in working full-time, which is down from 24%.

On the other hand, 72% of fathers surveyed preferred working full-time.

Especially considering the last statistic, this is a surprise. Given the recent increase in stay-at-home dads, coupled with the recent notion that parenthood can be hip, I would've thought these number reflected a shift in the attitudes of both men and women -- that staying home with the kids was preferred over spending 40 or 50 hours away at a job. It seems, however, that -- at least in the US, where the survey was conducted -- parents are dreaming of more traditional roles as mothers and fathers.

Could this be true?

I was also interested to read that 44% of stay-at-homes think it's "bad for society" to have so many moms working outside the home, and shocked to see that 34% of working moms felt the same way.

Are you a working mom? Do you wish you were at home? Are you a stay-at-home mom who'd prefer spending weekdays in an office? Does anyone really thinking working moms are sending our society down the tubes?

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