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Not All Stay-At-Home Moms “Choose” To Stay Home

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(CBS Charlotte) — For decades, the number of women entering the workforce has increased, however, more and more women are now opting to stay home after they have children.

Originally, it was believed that stay-at-home moms chose their children over their careers, however, new research suggests that lower income mothers choose to stay home because they cannot afford to work.

Now, with nearly 5 million stay-at-home moms throughout the country, an interesting point has been brought to the surface — are low-income mothers being pushed out of the workforce because they cannot afford the cost associated with working outside the home?

In the United States, the average cost of daycare is close to $12,000 per year, per child.

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When American families add up the cost of daycare, eating out, fuel costs, and clothing to work outside of the home, the combined expense leave many moms left with very little residual income.

While some families may qualify for government assistance towards daycare costs, over the last few years, many states have drastically reduced these benefits. Additionally, in the state of North Carolina, it may soon become harder to qualify for day care and Pre-K assistance.

Statistically speaking, 45 percent of mothers who earn low wages continue to work after they’ve had children, while 77 percent of mothers who earn a decent salary continue to work after the birth of their baby.

In short, women who earn higher salaries can still continue to work and comfortably afford the high cost of daycare and other expenses, while many women who earn less have less options when it comes to pursuing their career when they have small children to care for.

However, some companies now offer mothers the chance to work from home, while also being able to care for their child. To find out if you qualify for a stay-at-home job, click here.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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