American families nowadays are more inclined toward having two parents who work full-time.
Since '70s, the number of two-parent households in which the mother does not work outside the home has significantly decreased. Today, 46% of these homes have two parents who are employed full-time. In just about a quarter of two-parent homes nowadays, the mother is unemployed while the father works full-time.
A recent Pew Research Center study examines the complexities of sharing childcare costs, and home duties as well as how working parents in two-parent families manage their commitments to work and family.
Some key findings of the report are as follows:
1. There Isn't Enough Time
Many working parents simply lack the required time needed to sufficiently care for their children. Four out of ten women who work full-time claim to spend barely enough time with their children. Comparatively, 11% of moms who don't work and 18% of those who do part-time employment, agree. Half of full-time working men believe they spend too little time with their children, which is a much higher percentage than working moms.
2. Parenting Interferes With Career Advancement
Full-time working parents report being pressured in other areas as well. 55% of them say they lack sufficient free time from their kids to hang out with friends or pursue other interests, and 42% of married or cohabiting people say they spend inadequate time with their spouses.
Working moms are more than their male counterparts to claim that raising a child has hampered their ability to develop Their careers. Overall, the poll indicates that having children does not effectively stop one from advancing in their profession. According to the large percentage of working parents (59%) who also have children, it has neither made it more difficult nor simpler for them to develop in their profession.
3. Dads Happen to Make More Money
Most think neither partner's employment takes precedence when both spouses work full-time, but half of the pool says dads have a higher income. 62% of respondents claim that both parents are equally concerned with their work, whereas 22% and 15%, respectively, claim that the father is more career-focused.
A majority of households with two full-time working adults report the man makes more money in the family, regardless of both investing equal hours and dedication in their career. In the remainder of these homes, the parents state that either the mom makes more money (22%), or that the wages are about equal (26%) overall.
The majority of this gain has been attributed to the increase in single moms, but roughly 40% of it is attributable to married women who make more money than their spouses. According to our research of Census Bureau data, 15% of homes with small children in 2011 had a wife who made more money than her husband.