Oh, to be like the Cleavers
Today's women tend to snicker a bit when they think of perky June Cleaver and her '50s counterparts. But here's a news flash: Some 43 percent of modern mothers wouldn't mind turning back the clock to the 1950s, when moms tended the nest and dads brought home the bacon.
The poll of 18,000 mothers is published in the current issue of Parents magazine. The study also reveals:
- The younger the woman, the more inviting the '50s appear.
- Forty-nine percent of working mothers envy at-home moms. But only 11 percent of full-time moms envy working moms.
- Thirty-six percent of working moms say that not having enough time for family is a real problem. That number jumped from 25 percent in a survey taken seven years ago.
- Twenty-three percent of working moms with one child described themselves as "tense and short-tempered," while only 6 percent of the at-home moms felt that way.
No wonder the Cleaver house looks so good.
Diamonds aren't bad, either
And while we're on the subject of moms, remember you've less than a week to come up with the perfect Mother's Day gift.
If you're short on time, you might want to consider an idea from the folks at Target. They're pushing inexpensive baskets, which can be personalized for the moms in your life.
Is mom a romantic? Well, pick up a $3 basket and add candles, lingerie and chocolates.
A garden nut? Try filling a basket with garden tools, seeds and a floral T-shirt. …