With the news that a study has shown 50 per cent of adults feel that a child is better off with a stay-at-home parent, you could be forgiven for thinking we had time travelled back to 1954.
And a second look at the study shows that 45 per cent of adults say it’s better if the mother is the parent who isn’t employed outside the home. Just over half aren’t fussed just as long as it’s one of the parents and only two per cent think it should be the dad. It just re-confirms that the next thing you should do it put on your bobby socks and poodle skirt and rock on out to Bill Haley and his Comets.
Because we sure haven’t come a long way with our entrenched beliefs.
The research by the Pew Research Centre found that about four-in-10 (39 per cent) say children are just as well off when their parents work outside the home, despite almost half of those respondents who think a child needs a stay-at-home parents coming from a household where two parents work.
In Australia, we have 5.4 million two parent families, and 63 per cent of them have both parents in employment. There are millions of single parent families and same-sex parent families as well, but in keeping with the “1954” theme these this research ignored them completely.
Only two per cent thought the dad should be the one to stay home. Via Lego.
The study found that men are more likely than women to say that children in two-parent households are better off when a parent stays home (63 per cent vs 55 per cent).
They are the kind of statistics that make you wonder why.
Why do only two per cent of people think that fathers should take on the stay at home parent role?
Why do we have such entrenched attitudes about having a stay-at-home-parent at all?