For most new parents, the crippling sleep deprivation, the constant nappy changes and the overwhelming responsibility that a newborn baby brings are challenge enough, yet growing numbers of parents are using these early years to nurture not just a child, but also a fledgling business. Photo: John Hogg
For most new parents, the crippling sleep deprivation, the constant nappy changes and the overwhelming responsibility that a newborn baby brings are challenge enough, yet growing numbers of parents are using these early years to nurture not just a child, but also a fledgling business. Photo: John Hogg

A third of moms work full-time

By Time of article published Apr 25, 2011

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London - Nearly a third of mothers with children are working full-time, official figures have revealed.

It highlights an extraordinary social change which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of mothers abandoning their traditional role.

And many of them are left feeling dreadful anguish.

Only 15 years ago, less than one in four mothers went out to work every day, according to the Office for National Statistics. But the number has soared, with experts blaming the crippling cost of living.

A total of 2.3million women with children under 18 have a full-time job.

Of these, 745,000 have one or more child aged four or under.

The children spend most of the week with a nanny, childminder, nursery or other childcare option.

Exclusive research, given to the Daily Mail, reveals the heartache and chronic guilt felt by most of the mothers.

When asked if they would stay at home if they could afford to, nearly 60 percent said “yes”.

Twelve percent are “happy” working full-time, according to the poll by the website NetMums, while three-quarters regularly feel “guilty”.

More than 50 percent said they would “prefer” to work part-time but could not afford the cut in salary. - Daily Mail

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