Mothers in the Workplace
As Barbra drops Jessica off at the regular day-care, staffed with well-trained, caring professionals, she stops to think for a moment. Is this the right thing for our daughter? Should my husband or me stay home with Jessica, even though we can't afford to? Will day-care cause problems for Jessica that we can not foresee? These are just a few questions that a mother might ask herself as she gets herself off to work. Most working mothers feel like their dedication should be to their children instead of a steady job. Now that we live in a more modern lifetime, mothers can work and feel good about themselves.
When it comes to becoming a parent, many issues are presented. The major issue for mothers is the fact of whether to work or not. Mothers are strong individuals with big hearts. No matter what the choice is, her family will still respect her for her choice. Working and raising a child is the best choice for a mother. Mothers who work, have less problems. For one this means there are two incomes in the family and it also helps with the pride of the mother. Another issue faced is the way a mother may feel about a child going to a child care, in the long run she knows it is the best. Mothers can find guidance if they are not able to find the steps of how to deal with continuing to work. Mothers also know how important it is, even if they work, to show love and want to be around their child(ren).
When a couple are trying to raise a family, it is much easier when there are two incomes. This way the parents do not have to worry about the financial surprises that come up. For example, if the husband or wife loses his or her job, and does not have a second income to depend on, the family would be in financial burden. Also double income families do not have to worry about the stress put on the father or mother because with an extra income helping out there are less concerns.
Having a double income family mothers deal with less problems. One reason mothers who work have less problems is because they are not under so much emotional stress. They are not inside of a house all day doing repetitive house work. Instead they are working and enjoying the drive or walk to and from work. Also appreciating the environment of people around them. In a study of "745 married women" it is supported that the mothers who are employed are in a better emotional stage than mothers who work at home. Barnett states, in a 1989 report, "women involved in both work and family roles reported better physical health and fewer emotional problems that non-employed women (28). Mothers who work can go to work an d relax if things are tough at home. And if things get tough at work, mothers can also come home and get the comfort she needs from her family.
Besides the less emotional stress that double income relieves a working mother of, it also seems to be the more popular choice today. Barnett states, "today the so-called 'traditional' family with the breadwinner father and stay-at-home mother, accounts for less than 3 percent of American families. The number of two-income couples sky-rocketed in the last decade from 20.5 million to about 31 million" (3). It seems like the more common situation to be in is a more stable family of two incomes. Back a couple years ago, in 1994 and 1995, sixty percent (60%) of married couples had double incomes. Compared from 1980 to 1990, the "percent of families" that "had full-time-employed husbands and wives" raised up eight percent. And is still looking to raise even further (Barnett 4).
Mothers not only work for the extra income in the family but also for pride. Working mothers work because it makes them feel good inside. The opposing side says that they like staying home and taking care of the house and the children, but working mothers argue that it feels important to work. It gives them the sense of a second family. At work, people count on these employees for specific jobs. This is another way