Most Married American Mothers Say One Full-Time Earner, One Stay-at-Home Parent Is Best

In a new survey by American Compass, most married American moms said they preferred it if one parent works full-time and another stays home with the kids.

According to the survey, 53 percent of married moms feel having a single breadwinner is ideal. However, this varies by wage-earning status. Among the upper class, the most popular choice was using paid child-care full time and having both parents work full time. But in all other income groups, the one parent breadwinner tradition was seen as most preferable.

It also notes, “While these attitudes are widely shared across family structures, they differ by socioeconomic status.

Whereas lower-, working-, and middle-class adults are most likely to choose a full-time worker and a stay-at-home parent as their ideal, upper-class adults prefer both parents to work full-time and to rely on paid childcare.”

Family structure and attitudes vary widely, with most families see a full-time earner and a stay-at-home parent as the ideal arrangement for raising young children.”

It also covered things like whether Americans believe they are living the American Dream, whether the government should support families financially, and even if parents are having the number of children they would like to have.

According to the survey, only 25 percent of Americans say they are living the American Dream, while 55 percent say they are only “getting by, but don’t have the life they want.”

Further, 20 percent of survey respondents said they are “struggling and worried for the future.”