Parents forced more often to choose work over kids

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Working Dad walking with his sonHow many of you have had to sacrifice personal relationships for your professional (and financial) well-being?

Yesterday’s TheWorkBuzz post discussed this topic regarding romantic relationships. With Father’s Day this Sunday, let’s look at how parents views are changing in this difficult economy.

Many working parents have to contend with heavier workloads and longer hours as businesses struggle to do more with less, thus forcing a choice between work and family. Usually, the choice has to do with the well-being of the family. These days, putting food on the table seems to be more important than a healthy work/life balance.

A new CareerBuilder survey found that 31% of working dads said they would leave their jobs if their spouse or significant other’s income could comfortably support the entire family, but that’s down from 37% in 2008 and an 18% drop from 2005 when 49% said they would.  Despite a tough economy, however, 30% of working fathers said they would take a pay cut to spend more time with their children, but that is also down from 2008 at 37%.

Good Morning America’s series “The New Normal” looks at how Americans are adapting  to the changing economy. On Tuesday’s edition, it addressed the growing trend of mothers who are choosing to give up maternity leave for fear that the work might not be there when it’s time to return.

Readers, weigh in. Have you faced a decision like this?

11 Comments
  1. My family is much more important than any JOB! But it doesn’t have to be an EITHER/OR proposition. I chose to work at home and build my own business. I have the flexibility to participate in family activities and am my own boss.

  2. Well said. Family should always be first. My Dad could only afford to feed us beans and rice but we were much happier since my parents had more time with us kids.

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