Mom to 3 Kids or More? You’re Less Likely to Go Back to Work
Is your growing family inhibiting your likelihood to return to work? According to the Huffington Post, Australian researchers found that moms with one or two children are more likely to be part of the workforce than moms with three or more children. Social scientist and study leader Anna Zhu analyzed Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for 13,000 women and found that 68 percent of mothers with two children were employed, compared with the 55 percent of employed mothers with three or more children. American research shows similar findings, but moms are less likely to return to work even earlier, after two kids. Some reasons why women don’t return to the workforce: less pay for mothers, no available jobs and a lack of confidence in job performance. Australia has taken action to provide government tax incentives for moms called “baby bonuses.” Zhu suggests that training programs should be implemented to help women make the transition back to work.
What do you think? Does having more children affect your ability to return to the office?
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