Being a working mom is no joke. From making breakfast for the kids in the morning to juggling after-hours meetings with the boss, trying to find that elusive work/life balance is a constant struggle.
The invention of time-saving apps like Uber and Amazon Prime have helped a little, as have videochat technologies like FaceTime and Skype. Yet despite a recent focus on parental leave policies across the nation, there's still an overwhelming lack of support for working moms in our country.
In fact, according to new research from popular millennial parenting site Mommy Nearest, only 9 percent of working moms with kids under the age of 18 feel their employer provides them with enough support.
That's right. Nine percent.
"The United States is far behind when it comes to sufficient parental leave benefits," said Joshua Milstein, CEO of Mommy Nearest. "In fact, they're one of four countries in the world that lacks a federal standard for paid time off for new parents."
C'mon, America—show us some love!
Other Mommy Nearest revelations include the fact that 85 percent of working moms don't think their employers provide enough flexibility, 42 percent said they were unlikely to even take a job that didn't offer paid parental leave, and one in eight reported having to leave their job permanently in order to take care of their child.
Pretty bleak. So what now? While our country plays catch up, how do we help working moms get the support they need?
"Companies can offer solutions for working parents to provide work-from-home benefits, flexible work shift programs, company-sponsored childcare—among others," explains Milstein. "I believe these benefits should be a given for new parents—no parent should ever feel their company isn't offering adequate support."
What he said.