The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The broad category of “stay-at-home” mothers includes not only mothers who say they are at home in order to care for their families, but also those who are at home because they are unable to find work, are disabled or are enrolled in school. The economic ups and downs of the past decade likely influenced mothers’ decisions on whether to stay home or go to work. The share of mothers staying home with their children rose from 2000 to 2004, but the rise stopped in 2005, amid economic uncertainty that foreshadowed the official start of the Great Recession in 2007.
In my opinion, I am not surprised that there is a rise in the stay at home mothers. As education is more stressful, mothers would want to be always be at their children’s side to guide or coach them. As hiring a maid is expensive, so mothers would prefer to stay at home to do housework. When mothers are at home, they can spent time with their children and bond with them