A third of parents asked to work less by their children

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A third of working parents say that they have been asked to work fewer hours by at least one of their children, finds research from CareerBuilder.co.uk.

The job site’s national survey of 200 working mothers and 180 working fathers living with children under the age of 18 reveals that 42 percent of men and 35 percent of women feel their job has had a negative impact on their relationship with their children.

Scott Helmes, managing director at CareerBuilder UK, said:

“Traditionally, men have been expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but the dynamic is shifting. While 52 percent of working dads remain their family’s sole financial provider, now 37 percent of working mum’s provide the only salary for their household

“While the vast majority believe it’s possible to “have it all” in terms of career and children, maintaining a healthy balance between the two can still be a struggle.”

When asked how much time they get to spend with their children, 38 percent of parents admitted to less than two hours a day.

Work/life balance was found to be a critical priority, with 47 percent of working mums and 39 percent of working days saying they would be willing to take a pay cut for more time at home with their children.

When it comes to “having it all” male workers tend to show more optimism than female workers. Sixty-five percent of male workers believe they can achieve success in both their career and parenthood, compared with 58 percent of female workers.

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