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Pro-Con: Are economic factors driving an increase in stay-at-home moms?

By Melissa Crowe
April 27, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2014 at 11:28 p.m.

Ashlynn Hall, of Floresville, center, sings with her mother April, left, and father Jason, right, during a show at The Pumphouse in Victoria.

Stay-at-home mothers are on the rise for the first time in three decades.

A study conducted by Pew Research found mothers cite a variety of reasons for the trend. Harsher economic climates as well as societal and demographic factors are playing a large role in their decisions.

These mothers tend to be younger, less educated and more likely to be economically disadvantaged than women who work outside the home, the study found.

After a 30-year decline, the sharpest rise has been among women who cannot find a job that makes it worthwhile to cover the cost of child care, but most mothers say they would like to work, according to the study.

Pro: Cost of childcare prohibitive to working mothers

Con: Support available to Crossroads moms to keep working

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