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Two Working Parents: Mom Still More Involved at Home

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Moms, listen up: You've got to let go, at least a little bit. According to a new study published in the journal Family Relations, mothers in dual-career homes (where both parents are working) are still carrying the brunt of the child care load.

Dads are picking up more slack, but so are moms. We understand—there's this unspoken pull that makes us want to do everything, to be everywhere, to be the best parent. But after a while, it becomes tough, and pretty much impossible.

"Both parents may think they should divide child care responsibilities equally, but mothers still feel a special pressure to show they are being the best parent they can be," said Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, an author of the study and associate professor at Ohio State University.

The study examined over 180 dual-career homes and found that mothers began taking responsibility for more child care than dads as early as when their child was 9 months old. "Mothers spent nearly 70 percent of their time on an average workday [...] on some type of child care, compared to less than 50 percent of time for fathers," research showed.

"We have always talked about fathers doing more, but it may be that mothers should do less. They need to relinquish some control," Schoppe-Sullivan noted. Surprisingly enough, evidence from other studies show that "mothers' direct time with their children has actually increased since the 1950s."

But giving up control is easier said than done—we get it. What do you think?

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