Sunday, May 19, 2013

All work and no play?

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, more men were left unemployed than women- earning the period from 2008-2012 the nickname "The Great Mancession".  But as of January 2013, the unemployment rate for women has once again surpassed the unemployment rate for men.  As more men are re-entering the workforce and more women are leaving it, how is this shift affecting a family's emotional and mental well-being?

Two recent votetrends online polls ask this question from differing perspectives: one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the mother's well-being, and one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the childrens' well-being.  Poll results show a great divide between what we think is best for a mom, and what we think is best for the kids.

For instance, what about a stay-at-home mom who doesn't work outside the home?  70% of respondents think that is the ideal situation for the children, but only 30% think that is the ideal situation for a mother.

What do you think is best for mom and kids?  How will this shift over time?



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