These days, fewer and fewer American children are raised by stay-at-home moms. Both parents work full-time in nearly half of U.S. homes, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center.
Two-parent households where both parents work full-time today make up 46 percent of the population, compared to 31 percent in 1970.
The survey also shows that more women than ever before are entering and staying in the workforce, and fathers are taking on more household work than ever before. Yet moms and dads are both still struggling to balance it all.
More than half of working parents say they find it hard to balance their careers and family lives.
These are some other highlights from Pew’s survey of nearly 2,000 parents with children under 18:
- Being a parent hurts many women’s careers. About 41 percent of working moms said being a parent has made it harder for them to advance in their careers (about half as many working dads feel that way). Also, one-in-five full-time working moms say balancing the two is very difficult for them, compared to 12 percent of dads who work full time and 11 percent of moms who work part time.
- Moms get more help from husbands if both work full time. Most working parents say both mom and dad equally share household work and responsibilities (59 percent), disciplining (61 percent) and playing with the kids (64 percent). But when it comes to taking care of sick children and scheduling their activities, that usually falls to mothers.