It wasn’t so long ago that men dominated the workforce, and the vast majority of married women worked as homemakers. Back in 1975, only one-third of mothers headed out to the office in the morning. But according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2010, in families with children, 58% of households had two working parents. Thank goodness we have more choices nowadays…or do we?
According to a Public Agenda report published in 1999, while many families like the idea of having one parent at home with young children, the vast majority don’t see it as a realistic option. In other words, while the option to either work or stay at home should mean more choices for families — especially as the stay-at-home dad becomes increasingly common — statistics show that in many cases, parents don’t feel free to make that choice because they need the money. Read more in my new post on WiseBread.com: http://bit.ly/xkbVzl