More mothers are choosing to stay home with their children, according to a new study by Pew Research.
At the height of the recession in 2008, 26% stayed home. That number has grown to 29% through 2012.
Nontraditional arrangements like fathers working from home are also on the rise.
A major factor in the increase of parents staying home is the cost of childcare.
“When you look at the numbers of what it costs to raise a child beforehand, it’s over-whelming,” explained Nate Jones, the father of an 8-day-old son.
In Tennessee, placing an infant in center based care costs about $5,800. Two children in child care can top the cost of housing for many families.
“My wife got to stay at home. Up until this last year she didn’t have to work. Financially, it was very difficult,” explained Kyle Gibson, who has a 5-year-old son.
Overall, census numbers show the number of stay at home moms has dropped by half since the 1970’s when a traditional arrangement was the norm.