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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Nearly a third of American fathers with working wives stay at home at least one day each week to care for children, a new analysis of 2010 U.S. census data has found. Twenty percent of fathers with children under age 5 are the primary child caretakers in their family.
CNNMoney has more:
Not only has it become more necessary for men to pitch in at home, but fathers have also become more available to do so. “It’s a combination of mothers going to work and fathers being out of work as a result of the recession,” said Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer at the Census Bureau.
Men were particularly hard hit by the steep job losses during that time, losing 4 million jobs since 2007, while women lost just over 2 million during the same time period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Friday, April 27th, 2012
Infant formula may cost money, but breastfeeding is hardly “free,” according to a new study by researchers at the University of Iowa.
The study found that formula-feeders (i.e., mothers who never breastfed), short-duration breastfeeders (i.e., mothers who breastfed for fewer than six months), and long-duration breastfeeders (i.e., mothers who breastfed for six months or longer) all experienced earnings losses after giving birth. However, on average, long-duration breastfeeders experienced much steeper and more prolonged earnings losses than did mothers who breastfed for shorter durations or not at all.
“When people say breastfeeding is free, I think their perspective is that one doesn’t have to buy anything to breastfeed whereas one needs to purchase formula and bottles to formula-feed,” sociologist Phyllis L. F. Rippeyoung said in a press release.
Mary C. Noonan, the study’s co-author, added, “Breastfeeding for six months or longer is only free if a mother’s time is worth absolutely nothing.”
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Monday, March 26th, 2012
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has shown that families with at least one child diagnosed with autism earn 28 percent less than families without an autistic child. Further, the study found that parents of autistic kids earn 21 percent less than families where a child has a different health limitation.
CNN.com reports on the findings, which largely cite differences in mothers’ incomes as the source of the discrepancy:
The income discrepancy among families with a child with autism is likely due to mothers leaving the workforce and taking lower-paying jobs, said study co-author David Mandell.
These mothers aren’t just staying at home to take care of their children with autism, says Mandell, associate director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. They’re on the phone arguing with their insurance company about getting services, going to multiple meetings about school, and shuttling kids from provider after provider.
“It’s not that caring for a child with autism is more difficult per se than caring for a child with cerebral palsy, for example, or intellectual disability,” said Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “But the service system for kids with autism is not as well defined. There’s not as much appropriate treatment available for these kids.”
Approximately 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Everyone has their own ways of coping with the stresses of modern motherhood, and a new survey commissioned by Ivory, the soap made by consumer products company Procter & Gamble, has found that as many as 66 percent of moms admit to hiding out in the bathroom just to get some quiet time.
The survey, which was based on data collected from 1,000 mothers, reports other findings on what overwhelms moms the most, and how they cope including:
- 75 percent of moms feel pressure to make every daily experience a “teachable moment” for their children.
- More than 60 percent of moms said that filling out tax returns is less complicated than their children’s math homework.
- Moms say they receive parenting advice more than 3 times each week, regardless of whether they’ve asked for it.
- 83 percent of working moms say they have the harder job; 60 percent of stay-at-home moms say the same.
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
In a new study that The Boston Globe has jokingly re-titled “Tell Me About It,” researchers have found that working mothers spend an average of 10 more hours per week multitasking than working fathers. The study, which was published in the journal American Sociological Review, found that working mothers spend an average of 48.3 hours of multitasking each week, juggling house work, food prep and shopping, and child care, whereas working fathers spend an average of 38.9 hours per week.
The Globe interviewed local working moms who said they were entirely un-shocked by the study’s results–even those who have very participatory and helpful husbands said they find themselves juggling more than their partners:
Karin Sloan, 36, a pulmonary and critical-care physician at Boston Medical Center, and the mother of two young children, also has a husband who is “very helpful,’’ but like the fathers in the study, her husband does one thing at a time, she said. “He’ll make dinner, and while he’s doing that he’s listening to his NPR on the radio. It’s his time to relax.’’
When she’s on dinner duty, Sloan said, she’s also doing laundry, dealing with work e-mails, chatting briefly with friends in an attempt to keep her personal life going, and generally sweating the details. “I’m in charge of the family schedule, which includes keeping the kids clothed and bathed, shopping for food, keeping track of the school schedule, keeping track of the nanny’s schedule, making sure it’s clear what days we may be home late. My husband doesn’t really plan ahead.’’
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