Saturday, May 9, 2009

Working Moms

I'm wondering how many of you are feeling the pull of the economy? I'm sure most of you are affected one way or another. I know our little family definitely is. My DH's company has been downsizing some, and we just found out his bonus for the year is getting cut. He gets his bonus as an advance each month, so that means less money every month. We decided back in December that it might be a good idea for me to get a job to pay off student loans, get out of debt, and build our savings and food storage. I looked for months without any success and was literally applying everywhere. This was discouraging as I have a B.A. in Health Science. I didn't particularly want to work days because I wanted to be home with my boys. I finally got a job as a Health Unit Coordinator in an Emergency Room 45 minutes from where we live. It pays well, but I am definitely feeling the stress of trying to work, clean house, and take care of my boys. My DH helps out a ton, which is amazing, but it's still stressful. I work graves so a lot of time I am running on little sleep which tends to wear on a person. As I write, I am going on about 3 1/2 hours of sleep in the last 40 hours. I don't really want to work, I'd rather stay home with my lovable munchkins, but I'll do what I have to do to make sure our family stays ahead of the game.


I received this yesterday and thought it was quite interesting:


According to Adecco’s latest Workplace Insight Survey, 80% of women are working because they have to, not because they want to. Additionally, almost half (48%) of working moms are more stressed due to the current economic climate and the majority (65%) are cutting their family budget.
Some further evidence that the economy is taking a toll on working mothers is that almost half (48%) of working moms wish they could spend more time with their kids with nearly one in five (16%) reporting that their work hours have increased in this economy. Also, nearly one in five (19%) of working moms are overcompensating by purchasing material goods for their children.

Other stats you may find interesting include:
• Re-entering the work force – 13% of working moms went back to working full-time in this economy
• Feeling overwhelmed – Nearly 1/3 (30%) or working moms feel overwhelmed with responsibilities at home
• Being a role model – Working mothers are nearly 20% more likely to think their kids find them to be a role model than non-working moms
• Children of working moms are better behaved and better in school – 74% of working moms think their children do well in school while 60% of nonworking moms feel this way. 72% of working moms think their children are well behaved compared to 65% of non-working moms


While the majority work because they have to, there are distinct advantages to being a working mother. According to the survey, children of mothers who work are more likely to be better behaved and do better in school. 74% of working moms think their children do well in school compared to 60% of non-working moms. 72% of working moms think their children are well behaved while 65% of non-working moms feel this way. Additionally, working mothers are 10% more likely to think their kids find them to be a role model than non-working moms (67% vs. 57% respectively).


Interesting, isn't it? Although I hope to not be in the workforce for too long, it's nice to know that there are Pros about it. Kudos to all of those moms who balance working along with their kids. And Kudos to all you stay at home moms too. It's a tough job!

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5 comments:

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Andrea Proulx said...

"80% of women are working because they have to, not because they want to"

Oh that is so the truth in my household. At least most days. I work because I have to. Because it keeps my family safe and sound which is so important to me.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Nice to meet you Tiff, following from MBC Follow Me Club. Happy Mother's Day!

Tristan's Mom said...

I'm sorry that you have to work, and don't want to. I never planned on being a SAHM, since I'm getting my teaching degree, but I did want to stay home this summer and spend some extra time with Tristan. BUT, because of finances, I've taken a job at his daycare instead. I don't get to see him much, but at least I can be sure that he'll have everything he needs. It's a tough balance!

Nicole Feliciano said...

I know I have been reading the same things. Disturbing how woman are being pushed into rolls like this.