Study: Mothers and work – What’s 'ideal'?
When it comes to punching the clock, the Pew Research Center reveals what type of workload most mothers prefer.
Since 1997, the Pew Research Center has been asking mothers: "Considering everything, what would be the ideal situation for you — working full time, working part time or not working at all outside the home?"
The study reveals that 47 percent of American mothers surveyed think part-time work is the best situation, even more desirable than full-time work or not working at all outside the home.
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Here are few of the key findings from the study:
- Forty-six percent of full-time working mothers consider their current situation ideal.
- From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of mothers preferring full-time work increased from 20 percent to 32 percent.
- Forty percent of unemployed mothers think working part time is appealing.
- Forty-nine percent of unmarried mothers say that their ideal situation would be to work full time, while 53 percent of married mothers desire part-time work.
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Read the complete study here.
Tell us: What would your ideal work situation be? If you work outside the home, has it had an impact on your family life?
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This is a ridiculous article. Of course women, especially mothers, would love to work part time. Thanks for stating the obvious. Now lets talk about total family income requirements, health care, etc. Dumb article!
No problem, see if your wife will turn tricks to bring the bacon home. Problem resolved.
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