On September 16, National Working Parents Day honors those who work to provide for their family. This year, honoring those parents who are doing their best to give their all at work and at home, sometimes at the same time and under exceptionally trying times, seems even more important.
Working Parents Day is a day to celebrate those amazing parents who work hard all year to provide for their families.
Being a parent is tough and often involves balancing a full-time job, child care, and a marriage or relationship. Many parents work incredibly hard in order to ensure their kids have food, clothing, shelter, and a whole host of luxury items in order to make their childhood great.
Although the origins of Working Parents Day are unknown, it seems logical to suggest it was created by an overworked, under-appreciated mother or father, seeking some basic recognition for their efforts.
Regardless of who created it and why, this is a day for parents to put their feet up, relax and take a much-needed break from all the hard graft. It is also a day for children to show their appreciation and potentially take on some of the day-to-day household chores.
- 75 percent of working parents of both genders report not having enough time for their children.
- Mothers are now the primary (or sole) source of income for 40 percent of American households with children under 18 years of age.
- About four-in-ten working mothers (42 percent) say that at some point in their working life, they had reduced their hours in order to care for a child or other family member.
- 28 percent of working fathers say they had reduced their hours in order to care for a child or other family member.
- They’d like to work full-time again after children are school-aged. Nearly three-quarters of career-oriented moms ranked it as desirable.
- Working parents want a condensed day. When asked to define what makes a good mother, 63 percent say being there when the kids leave for school and come home at the end of the day.
- Millennials believe that both parents should make a significant contribution to the household income, that mothers and fathers should share equally in daily household activities, and that a mom who works outside the home sets a positive example for the children.
- A flexible job is really important to parents of young children. In fact, 82 percent say that having school-age kids affects their interest in finding a flexible job.
- 52 percent of working parents want flexible work to manage family responsibilities.