Survey: Most Working Mothers Prefer to Be Stay-at-Home Moms

Whiting, Ind. — May 8

According to’s Mother’s Day survey, nearly 70 percent of employed mothers report they would be stay-at-home moms if they could afford it.

Doing so can be a difficult decision to make, though, as 57 percent of employed mothers consider themselves the primary breadwinners in their family. The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of from April 22 to 24 among 2,066 U.S. adults aged 18 and older.

Regardless of their financial state, flexibility can alleviate some of the pressures mothers may face, the survey suggests. Nearly 60 percent of employed mothers’ companies allow them to work on a flexible schedule. In addition, 32 percent report that their company allows them to work from home.

Whether they work or not, for many mothers the desire for treasured time with family transcends typical gifts on their honorary day. More than one-third (35 percent) of mothers would prefer to spend more quality time with their family as a gift this Mother’s Day, according to the survey. Thirty-two percent said they would prefer an experience like dinner out or a manicure, while 18 percent would prefer a physical gift like flowers or jewelry.