Seeing the title of this article from USA Today - Work or stay at home? It's still a quandary for moms - you wouldn't expect anything new. Just another article talking about the difficulty moms are having with making the choice to stay at home or return to work after having kids, and the complex feelings and guilt associated with each of these choices.
But the second paragraph in the article talks about a new study that found something that we think is quite shocking:
There is a widespread belief that today's parents are not measuring up to the standard that parents set a generation ago, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. More than half of Americans (56%) say that mothers are doing a worse job today than mothers did 20 or 30 years ago, the study found.
This got us curious so we looked up the study. Some of its other findings include:
- More people believe that fathers are doing a better job being parents than moms: About one-in-five (21%) say today's fathers are doing a better job compared with fathers a generation ago; far fewer (9%) say that today's mothers are doing a better job than their predecessors 20 or 30 years ago.
- Middle-aged women are the most critical of the job moms are doing today: Fully 66% of women ages 50-64 say today's mothers are doing a worse job.
The study didn't offer suggestions for why moms are getting a greater share of disapproval ratings, but we have to wonder if it's because more moms are now in the workforce and a significant percentage of people still believe that that makes them not a great mom.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!