ASK NEALE: Should I Go Back to Work?

(VIDEO) The scariest question we working moms have is: Are we messing up our kids?

Many women don’t have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mother; however, there is a recent trend of mothers returning to the household. The Pew Research Center released a 2014 survey revealing that, “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home has risen over the past decade… Two-thirds are ‘traditional’ married stay-at-home mothers with working husbands, but a growing share is unmarried.”

It’s important to get behind the averages. A USA Today article cited findings from Census Bureau data, which indicated that, “Since the 1970’s, the percentage of children raised by a stay-at-home mother who has a working husband has fallen by half, from 41% in 1970 to 20% in 2012.

Don’t get caught up in the numbers. Remember the “Great Recession?” Many of those stay-at-home moms couldn’t get jobs and some opted to start businesses at home. As such, some of these entrepreneurial women are considered stay-at-home moms.

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LouiseSchmidt
LouiseSchmidt

Motherhood is the hardest job in the world for a reason! :)

TaylorJones
TaylorJones

Tell me about it. This is truly a question for the ages. I read a great book ("Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown) that helped me feel good about my choice to work.

StaceyProsser
StaceyProsser

It's so hard. I was home with the kids for five years but missed work so much. Now I miss the kids even more!

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