Magazine article Work & Family Life

Today's Working Moms Manage to Spend More Time with Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Today's Working Moms Manage to Spend More Time with Kids

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Here's a report on some research that may surprise and delight you. It seems that moms who currently work outside the home spend more time with their children on a daily basis than moms who stayed home with their kids in the mid-1960's.

Dr. Suzanne Bianchi, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, recently released a study comparing women from both eras. The data were collected through "yesterday time diaries" which are hour-tohour reports of what happened the previous day.

In 1998, she found that 273 working moms with children under 18 spent 5.5 waking hours with their children each day. Nearly two hours of this time were spent reading, playing or teaching. In 1965, an identical time-use study of 417 stay-athome moms found that they spent an average of 5.3 hours per day with their children. …

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