Half of parents say working is the best situation for them, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. Still, the juggle takes a toll, at home and at work.
The percentage of American moms with jobs is up considerably from 50 years ago. A majority (55%) of mothers in the US with children under 18 are working full time – an increase of 34% from 50 years ago, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau Current Population Survey data.
And 72% of mothers are working full- or part-time, compared with about half in 1968.
You win some, you lose some
About half of both men and women say being a working parent takes away from their ability to be a good parent. But it’s working mothers who are more likely than employed fathers (39%) to say that being a working parent makes it more difficult for them to get ahead in their career.
It gets more complicated for working mothers: those who work part-time (57%) are more likely to say that being a working parent makes it more difficult for them to climb the ladder at their job than for those who work full time (47%.)
Then again, it cuts both ways: the full-time mothers are significantly more likely (57%) to say that being a working parent makes it more difficult for them to be a good parent (44% for part-time working moms.)
Either way you slice it, you lose out on one end or the other.
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