Moms are the Breadwinners

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In last week’s post I mentioned forty percent of moms are the breadwinners in the home these days, which is a staggering difference from, say, Leave it to Beaver times, when dad was the only one working in the household.

I have several friends and relatives whose families consist of a working mom and a stay at home dad. They made this choice for several reasons.

In one family, the choice boiled down to money. Both parents were working when baby came. Because they lived in a highly expensive area, they made a choice to move out of the state and halfway across the country. Mom found a great paying job; dad decided to stay home and take care of the kids. This was eight years ago, and they are still making it work.

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In the other case, dad lost his job when the company he had worked for many, many years downsized. He became the primary caregiver and is still doing it today while his wife works full time.

…forty percent of moms are the breadwinners in the home these days, which is a staggering difference from, say, Leave it to Beaver times, when dad was the only one working in the household.

I have other friends in a two-parent working household in which the woman makes more money than the man. In most cases, this isn’t a big deal. For these families, it’s more about how much is coming in – and is it enough to pay the bills – than which spouse makes more each week.

It’s a dynamic we are still getting used to in America, though. Some people have a difficult time with the idea of moms going out and working, period. For instance, this video shows how some people feel women working causes problems in marriages and families:

This is definitely a strong opinion on working women/mothers/women as breadwinners, but it is one that exists.

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On the flip side, many people don’t believe working mothers/women are detrimental. I’m one of them. My mom worked at least two jobs as I grew up. My biggest regret now? She didn’t get to enjoy life as much as she could because she had to work so much.

Are you the breadwinner in your home?  Do you believe that this trend is detrimental to the family or not?

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Please keep your comments nice. Not everyone gets to ‘choose’ whether they want to work or not. Every family is different, and remember, we all  have to do what we need to do to raise our children the best we can!

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Moms are the Breadwinners

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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