Mom & Dad Both Head to Work in Higher Numbers
Only a quarter of kids who live in two-parent households see only dad trot off to work. Why are we pretending otherwise?
More mothers have entered the U.S. workforce in the past several decades – everyone knows this. But people seem to tune out when you get into the gritty details. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Current Population Survey, the share of two-parent households in which both parents work full time is at an all-time high: 46 percent.
That means only a quarter of two-parent households see dad trot off to work each day while mom stays home with the kids, dishes, and dinner. Parents recognize that this 50s trend has long passed – why hasn’t your management, or our government?
Because of the lack of recognition from their bosses and the government, parents are left behind. Little supports in childcare options and paid leave for both earners is leaving everyone strained.