I have never been a working mom. It has been a long time since I was a working dad. So when Vera Reed, a freelance writer, an elementary school teacher and a stay-at-home mom, offered me this post I was happy to publish it.
Now that a new year is upon us, it is time to make a fresh start. There are plenty of ways to wipe the slate clean. If you are in the business field, you probably have a good sense of assessing your life. There are many ways to do so.
However, if you are like many women, you may struggle to find the balance between working and being a mom to your children. In 2017, the amount of working moms in this country has grown significantly. Finding the balance between the two has become more difficult for many. You are not alone.
There are several issues that working moms face on a daily basis. The information we have discusses those issues, and how to move forward with your life.
New moms in the United States may often have to deal with hardships that moms in other countries do not have to face. In fact, 62 percent of mothers were back to work the same year after giving birth. This despite the fact that The Affordable Care Act, which became law in 2010, forces employers covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide time with their newborn children.
In addition, less than 40 percent of mothers had a high school diploma or higher degree. This fact alone shows why new moms want to further their education. Doing so would allow them to earn higher wages in their chosen field, and, as a result, would allow them to provide better care for their children. New mothers are now located in every field imaginable. From the service industry to managerial positions, new mothers are finding ways to balance their personal and professional lives.
Making Your Kids Balanced
But, not only are they keeping themselves balanced. Mothers of small children are – directly or indirectly – teaching their own children to be balanced. In fact, according to a study done by the Harvard Business School, daughters of working moms had higher incomes than those with moms that stayed at home.
Sons of working mothers were more family-oriented, as well. They were more likely to spend time helping with household chores, and more time caring for their families – as opposed to spending more time in the workplace.
Although there are more working moms in many professional fields in 2017, the idea of the “traditional family” – wherein the wife stays at home with the children, and the husband works, and “brings home the bacon” – is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, because many women want to work, while others do not, the current definition has become somewhat of a mystery. No longer can one say it goes one way or another. It seems that, in 2017, the definition is left up to the individual.
However, unlike the past, there is now another option. Many schools and universities are allowing their students to stay at home, and attend classes online. No longer do moms – regardless of their children’s age – have to worry about scheduling classes away from their home. They can now attend lectures from the comfort of their own living room. Doing so allows moms more freedom of spending time with their families, and also getting the education that they so desire.
Being a working mom in the United States has always been a tough situation. They have had to juggle time between work and families. Going to school to further their education was hardly ever an option because that just meant juggling even more time into their schedule. However, with the advent of fully-online bachelor programs, moms do not have to divide as much time because they can now often do both concurrently. As a result, their children gain the benefit of more time with their mothers while learning how to be more self-sufficient, themselves.