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At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows
W Parenting-At-Home Mot Heal
The Williamson family, from left, Tricia, her husband Mike and their 1-year-old son Adam, are shown at their home in Liberty, N.C., in this Dec. 7, 2013, photo. Tricia, 30, quit her job as an editor and producer at a TV station after crunching the numbers and realizing her salary after the birth of her son a year ago would go primarily to her commuting and child care expenses. - photo by The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Other factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children. The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, the study found.
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