Working mothers – usual problems: housework and sick children

Women’s approach to work may formerly have been a political matter, but as economic conditions worsened, it has been a requirement for most mothers to work. The majority of families can no longer depend on a single source of income. This means that for many working mothers, they are also responsible for housekeeping and looking after their kids.

Studies from the University of New South Wales showed that married women with kids are not as happy as before, which is why they are filing for divorce in higher counts and having fewer kids. The research also showed that working mothers still do most of the household chores; they have more extra working hours (paid or unpaid) than working fathers; part-time working mothers have the longest working hours of all;, and that majority of divorces are opened up by women.

Many working mothers also fear the odds of their kids getting sick and needing attention during typical business hours. Most companies only give paid sick leaves for ailing workers. This means that many employed mothers have to take their leave yearly (paid or unpaid) to stay at home and take care of their sick kids. A key research in a study released in ‘Family Matters’ in 1991 says that even when both parents are working, it is still the mother’s obligation to take care of the sick kids.

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