Midwestern moms more likely to go back to work

Filed under: Just For Moms, Work Life, In The News

hands typing on keyboardSandy recently told us about a new Census Bureau report that found that, not only are women waiting longer to have children, many are choosing not to have children at all. That same report turned up another interesting piece of information: Midwestern moms are more likely to go back to work than other moms.

Over at The Curious Capitalist, Barbara Kiviat has an interesting discussion going on about why Midwestern moms are more likely to go back to work than their counterparts in other areas of the country. She theorizes, by comparing maps in a very unscientific way, that Midwestern moms have access to a higher number of childcare centers, which may be why they choose to work. A commenter points out, however, that there may be more childcare centers because there is a higher demand.

I've never lived on either coast and have only visited one of them, so I have no idea what it's like to be a parent anywhere other than the Midwest. But I do know that but for a handful of exceptions, every mother I know works (for pay) in one capacity or another. Whether full-time, part-time, or work from home, most of them contribute financially to their family. But I can't give you one solitary reason why they work. Some do it because they need to, others because they love their jobs. Some just need to get out of the house a few hours a week. At least one old friend gave me flack for putting my own career on hold, saying, "Well that's putting your hard-won degree to good use."

Maybe we work to change the stereotype of the Midwestern housewife, toiling selflessly away for her family. I don't know, but I do think this piece of information is interesting. What do you make of it?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.