Why mothers want to leave their jobs to stay with their children – another side

Free translation of a report published in Época magazine, nº 474, on July 18th 2007 – Globo (Brazil)

Why mothers want to leave their jobs to stay with their children

Celso Masson, Martha Mendonça e Solange Azevedo

Advantages of staying home, according to the report:

For the mother For the family Considerations about the labor market
She doesn’t feel guilt There is more dedication to the family More than half of women want to leave their jobs (Brazilian Survey – Ibope 2006)
The mother who stays home takes care of the children; the mother who has a job doesn’t look after both work and children More time with kids leads to a true connection between them and the mother; it takes down the “quality time” concept once and for all 5,6 million of American women left their jobs in 2005
Staying home is a symbol of status Mothers who don’t pick the children up at school and don’t meet the kids’ friends are cruel Mothers have the option to work at home, without a strict schedule
She doesn’t sacrifice her personal life Children are not “outsourced” Even if the work at home isn’t paid, it corresponds to 60% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the USA
She doesn’t suffer with competition The mother is always at home; she doesn’t arrive after “the children are sleeping” Women that have a job earn 30% less than men
She doesn’t suffer from work-related stress   The informality of the female labor is bigger
There is intelligent life among “entrance-school-mothers”   The female work is depreciated, because the employers think that mothers concentrate less and produce less
She has more time   Women that carry on with their careers find they are imprisoned inside a management system built for men
    Working women in part-time jobs are not taken seriously and lose opportunities

Advantages for the husband were not listed.

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You can also see:

Why mothers want to leave their jobs to stay with their children – one side

Why mothers want to leave their jobs to stay with their children – Analysis

Why mothers want to leave their jobs to stay with their children – Marusia speaks

This post in Portuguese: Por que as mães estão deixando o emprego para ficar com os filhos – outro lado

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