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Study reveals delayed childrearing leads to extra stress for parents

Mother comforts her child.
Mother comforts her child.
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A new study released today finds that parents who delay marriage and childrearing experience more stress as family, work and life obligations collide. Families have evolved dramatically since the 1950s “Leave it to Beaver” image. More mothers are working outside the home, leaving fathers largely responsible for picking up the slack. These changes have created a perfect storm of young children, aging parents and increased work and career responsibilities. The study, released today as part of Focus on Workplace Flexibility and co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Georgetown University Law Center, indicates that both mothers and fathers are reporting increased dissatisfaction as they experience the strain of having to be everywhere at once. Is the concept of having it all unrealistic? Should employers do more to give flexibility to workers? How do you balance the demands of the modern family?