Working Parents

We all know life as a working parent isn’t easy, but it seems most Americans believe they have conquered the issue of work-life balance. In fact, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, 78% of parents say it is possible to have success in your career and as a parent.

Overall, 51% of parents say they feel equally successful at work and in their role as a parent, but that number differs by gender, with 56% of dads feeling that way, and only 47% of moms saying the same. For moms, 33% say they feel more successful as a parent, while only 22% of dads feel the same way. 

And while you may think a lot of working parents are doing it just for the money, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Only 25% of working parents say they’d be willing to give up their job if their spouse made enough money to support the family comfortably. What’s more, 65% of employees with a child say they wouldn’t take a decrease in pay to spend more time with the kids, a sentiment felt by 65% of dads and 66% of moms.

  • But not everything is perfect for most working parents. The poll finds that 38% have had to miss a big event in their child’s life because of work, and 21% have missed three or more. If that wasn’t bad enough, 24% of parents say their children have asked them to work less, while 23% of parents believe their work has had a negative impact on their relationship with their kids, and 18% say work has had a negative effect on their relationship. 

Source: Business Journals

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