More women are staying home these days to care for their kids. According to research released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home mothers has jumped to 29 percent in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase since 1999 when the number of moms making that choice was at a modern-day low.
What’s driving the trend are all the frustrated moms who either can’t find jobs or else who don’t earn enough to justify paying for daycare. In Pennsylvania, the average cost of daycare for an infant in 2012 was a whopping $10,319 and $5,520 for a school-age child, according to ChildCare Aware of America. And that’s just for a single child.
The Pew Study, which was based on an analysis of government figures, also contradicts popular thinking that stay-at-home moms are wealthier women who stay home because they've got it like that, as the saying goes. According to the report, they tend to be less educated and less affluent than mothers who hold down jobs outside the home and have fewer options.