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By Kimberly Seabrooks

To Work or Not to Work: The View of Working Mothers

Being a mother is difficult, especially when it comes to the finances. It seems there is no right answer. If you work, you’re condemned as a bad mother. If you don’t work, you’re condemned for scrounging off the state. At least, that’s what it seems. What is the real view of working mothers?

The Majority of Moms Support Working Mothers

The truth is that the majority of moms will support working mothers; even the stay-at-home mums support it. They understand the financial need to get back into the workplace. They also understand that working is needed to keep skills up to date. Those who tend to look down are jealous that they don’t have the same opportunities.

The View from Employers

This is where it becomes tricky. While employers can’t discriminate against working mothers, they may have their reservations. It isn’t because a working mother can’t do her job. It’s because of the unplanned days off that a mother may need to take. A child may be sick or the school may be closed for the day. It causes a problem for the business and it’s understandable.

However, this view is only for working mothers; not for working fathers. It seems that there is still that one-sided view that women should be at home looking after children. The truth is that men may have to take the same time out of work if something happens to their child!

How the Rest of the Population View Working Mothers

It’s a mixed view from the rest of the population. Most are happy that these mothers are making their own money instead of claiming benefits but there is also the pressure on childcare. The issue isn’t the fact that the mothers are working but that the government is doing more to help them. Child benefit has become means tested for the first time since its introduction after World War Two and there is state help for working parents for childcare. Stay-at-home parents and people without children start to view this as a double standard.

Working mothers are become more widely accepted in the world. People understand that mothers need to return to work for the finances. The negative views are really on the government for creating a double standard and from employers who are worried about problems with their business.

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Comments

  1. Good post. I was not only a working mother but a military working mom. It was a struggle sometimes, making sure my daughter’s needs were met but we got through it.

    Many thanks for following my blog! I appreciate it.

  2. I think being a working mother is incredibly difficult — being a good mother is also ‘work’ so essentially it is like having two very busy, usually demanding jobs. Stay-at-home moms have it tough in their own way because they are making a decision to leave the workforce and possible jeopardize their chance of ever getting back into it (if they so want), but staying at home is also work. Some of my husbands friends do not appreciate wall that their wives do at home but I tell them if you were single you would more than likely PAY someone to do your laundry, clean your house, cook, watch your kids, etc. How is that not work simply because your wife does it? To work or not to work is a tough choice but really in essence, it’s ALL work. 😉 Great post! take care, wen

  3. **Sorry I meant ALL not Wall…stupid autocorrect!

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