Working Moms Weigh In on Work/Life Balance

May 14, 2007 ( - Roughly a quarter of working moms aren't happy about the toll their job is taking on their home life, according to a new survey.

More than a quarter (28%) of U.S. working mothers say their jobs are negatively impacting their relationship with their children, and 25% are dissatisfied with their work/life balance, according to a Harris Interactive poll of 1,124 women employed full-time, with children under the age of 18 living at home, according to UPI.

Those are distinct minorities, of course, but more than half (54%) of working moms say they would take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their children, and nearly one in 10 says she would give up 10% or more of their salary to have more time at home. Nearly half (49%) of working moms who are not the sole financial provider say they would leave their job if their spouses or significant others made enough money for the family to live comfortably, according to the survey.

About a third of the working moms say they spend less than three hours per day with their children. Nearly a quarter (23%) report they have missed three or more significant events in their child’s life in the last year.