Double Duty for Working Parents

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Working parents have to deal with some problems when it comes to working and parenting. They have to both do their jobs in the workforce and care for their children at home in order to maintain their families. In other words, they cannot fully commit themselves to just working or parenting. Also, working parents have to find family time to spend with their children in order to strengthen family relationships. Traditionally, the mother stays home with her children while the father takes on the workforce and generates the family income. However, with inflation and the rising cost of living, the mother has to join the workforce so that both parents can generate sufficient income for the family. As of 2006, three of four mothers with children under 18 years old are in the workforce. Instead of being stay-home mothers, they become working mothers that work as employees away from home and as parents at home. A growing number of working mothers sacrifice their opportunities in the workforce for their children’s benefit. At the start of the 20th century, 50% of married mothers with newborn children drop out of the workforce to support their children. Kimberly Palmer categorizes these women under “the opt-out generation” because they favor “hearth and home over the office.” Initially, Palmer saw her mother as “a total career woman and also a total mom— and that she had managed to do... everything.” She did not realize that her mother had to ride a seesaw that tried to balance the
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