It’s bad for the Moms; it’s bad for the kids. No wonder Moms are giving up on it. “It”, of course, being full time work plus parenting:
Working full-time is losing its appeal for American mothers.
In the past decade, the percentage of working mothers who say full-time work is ideal dropped from 32 to 21, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Now, 60 percent of them say they’d rather work part-time, up from 48 percent in 1997.
Likewise, only 16 percent of stay-at-home moms say they’d prefer to work full-time. That’s down from 24 percent a decade ago. Nearly half of at-home moms say not working at all is ideal, up from 39 percent in 1997.
Not surprisingly, 72 percent of fathers prefer working full-time.
Rating themselves on a scale of 1 to 10 on how well they’ve done at parenting, 43 percent of at-home moms said 9 or 10. Only 28 percent of full-time working moms rated themselves so highly.
Finally, 44 percent of at-home moms think it’s bad for society to have so many mothers away at jobs, while just 34 percent of working moms think that.
The survey, conducted earlier this year and released today, involved 2,020 telephone interviews of U.S. adults.
The poll also highlights another obvious fact that intellectuals keep needing so see proved over and over again: men and women are different. While there are women who love to work full time, and men who crave full time parenting, the vast middle of both men and women tend to fall back on traditional spheres.
I’m not advocating, of course, Taliban-esque laws removing women from the workplace. I’m just looking for an American mindset that acknowledges that we’re not all cookie cutter figures, and that the 1970s ideal of all women in the workplace all the time is not a healthy model to impose on society.