Working Moms Want More Time with Kids

May 9, 2006 ( - Fifty-two percent of working moms surveyed said they would be willing to take a pay cut to spend more time with their children.

According to a news release on its survey, this is significantly more than the 38% who said so last year. Almost one-in-ten said they would take a pay cut of 10% or more.

One-in-four working moms said they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance and are actively seeking a new position with more flexibility, according to Ten percent of respondents say they bring work home three to five days a week, and 38% admit to missing at least two significant events in their children’s lives in the last year due to work. One-in-ten have missed more than five events.

“Twenty-six percent of career moms say their jobs are negatively impacting their relationships with their children,” said Mary Delaney, Chief Sales Officer at, in the release.

There are options to help working moms feel more connected to their kids, however. More than half of working moms surveyed said their company offers some type of flexible working arrangement.

Others say a phone call to the kids makes them feel better. Twenty-eight percent report calling their kids from work at least once a day and 12% say they do so twice a day. Thirty percent of respondents said they usually do not get the chance to call their children while at work.

Survey responses were from more than 600 women working full-time, with children under 18 living at home.