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The report, commissioned by Sudcrem, gives an insight into exactly how valued Irish mothers feel, if at all, and where they themselves fitting into Irish society. (Deposit photo)

The report, commissioned by Sudcrem, gives an insight into exactly how valued Irish mothers feel, if at all, and where they themselves fitting into Irish society. (Deposit photo)

The report, commissioned by Sudcrem, gives an insight into exactly how valued Irish mothers feel, if at all, and where they themselves fitting into Irish society. (Deposit photo)

Almost two out of three of Irish mothers would prefer to stay at home to raise their children, given the choice, a new survey has found.

If they had the option and if they were in a financial position to do so, 62pc say they would stay at home with their children.

The findings have been released just as the Government's affordable childcare scheme is off the ground.

But the rigours of balancing the modern-day workplace with school runs, routines and crèche fees, is something that Irish mothers would wave goodbye to in a heartbeat, given half the chance.

Mothers were asked about their feelings towards motherhood, whether “me-time” happens for them, and about their general quality of life, in a survey by Amárach Research.

The report, commissioned by Sudocrem, gives an insight into exactly how valued Irish mothers feel, if at all, and where they themselves fitting into Irish society.

Almost nine out of ten of today’s mothers (89pc) say they are satisfied with their role as a mother.

But only one in three mothers (35pc) feel valued by their family, with an even smaller number, one in ten (12pc), feeling valued by society.

Many mothers say they lack self-confidence and struggle to get their partner to contribute to household chores.

Maia Dunphy, who runs a blog The M Word said Irish society needs to change how it treats mothers, in order to facilitate more time at home for parents.

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“The fact that two-out-of-three of today’s mothers would like to be stay-at-home mothers perhaps indicates a shift from the attitudes of their own mothers, many of whom encouraged their daughters to pursue a career outside the home.”

“Our society must consider how we can facilitate mothers (and fathers, too) in having greater time at home with their young children.”

“A number of factors, like extending maternity and paternity leave, more flexible working conditions for parents, more affordable housing and reducing commute times all come into play.”

“As a mother, a lot of the findings struck a chord with me.  Motherhood is a wonderful, life-changing and hugely positive experience, but as this report’s findings show, it can also be challenging.

“The vast majority of mother’s relish and enjoy their role, but the fact that they don’t feel valued for the work they do should make us all sit up and evaluate how mothers are viewed and respected by society and most importantly, what can be done to change this.”

In relation to "me-time", a third of today’s mothers rarely or never have time for themselves, while 60pc say they were not able to continue to pursue hobbies after becoming a mother.

And finally, arguably the biggest bug bear of all is the issue of housework.

For the grandparent generation, only 14pc of grandmothers say their partners undertake at least half of all housework, while 19pc undertake no household chores whatsoever.


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