LONDON — The enthusiasm for juggling high-powered careers and motherhood is on the slide in Britain and the United States as support for stay-at-home moms appears to be growing, a major study showed yesterday.
The study, by Jacqueline Scott from the University of Cambridge, suggests that growing numbers of people are concerned about the impact of working moms on family life.
“It is conceivable that opinions are shifting as the shine of the ‘supermom’ syndrome wears off, and the idea of women juggling high-powered careers while also baking cookies and reading bedtime stories is increasingly seen to be unrealizable by ordinary mortals,” Prof. Scott said.
It’s not like saying one should not, or could not, work outside the home and raise a family. But you can’t do both full-time, at least not for very long, and trying to do so anyway has a cost. The key is to have goals and ambitions that are reasonable and achievable, and that’s something each family has to figure out for themselves.