ASK NEALE: Should I Go Back to Work?
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.