Do Working Moms Really Prefer Part-Time Jobs?

Some good information in regards to mothers working, childcare and family life with children

 

  • The less affluent and educated you are, the more likely you are to divorce
  • The more debt you have, and the more day-to-day worries about money, the less likely you are to describe yourself as “very happy” in your marriage (I recognize that this is not a surprising statistic). If you’d prefer to work “part time” but find yourself instead working “full time,” then women, especially, are significantly more likely to be unhappy with their marriage (and presumably with life in general).
  • Both men and women want flexibility in the workplace to support our family lives
  • United States, in 2008, 49 percent of employed men with families reported experiencing work-family conflict (up from 34 percent in 1977).
  • workplace flexibility is just as important to the job satisfaction of low-wage employees as it is to high earners, and just as feasible, albeit in different ways.
  • culture of flexibility appears to be stagnating,” with little growth and fears among employees that taking advantage of flexibility that’s offered will interfere with their employment.
  • In the absence of workplace flexibility, the one way to guarantee that a job will allow you to meet the demands of family life is simple: work fewer hours.
  • issues of available, affordable child care, health care, safe housing and even healthy school meal programs.
  • With those things, the need for shorter hours wanes.
  • Of parents who want to work, do more moms than dads really want to work part time? Or have women just accepted a reality that working fewer hours in the absence of true workplace flexibility for both parents is more conducive to a smooth family life? Would fewer work hours make you happier, or is it the flexibility of the hours that counts?

 

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/do-working-moms-really-prefer-part-time-jobs/

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