According to a post by the Center for American Progress, “23.4% of children under the age of five are in some form of organized child care arrangement, which includes day care centers, nurseries, and preschools. This includes one-third of those with an employed mother and more than one-quarter of those whose mothers are not employed but are in school”. In our personal research, we found countless blogs and vlogs on how challenging it for mothers to leave their children at daycare for the first time… feelings of guilt and sadness are common. On this episode, Carl and Jazmin reflect on leaving their baby at daycare for the first time and share tips for new parents and parents to be on how to plan ahead for this day.
According to a 2015 article found on the FlexJobs website, 75% of employees reported not having enough time for their children, 40% of mothers were the sole source of income for the household and most parents (almost three quarters) reported that after having a baby, they prefer to work fulltime again once the child is school-aged. These stats aren’t just limited to heterosexual couples, as of the approximately 700,000 same-sex couples, over 16% are raising children, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA’s law school. On this episode, we discuss some statistics on the challenges of working professionals attempting to maintain their careers while raising a baby and toss around some ideas that could help couples who are currently or will soon be adding a new member to their families!