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Study shows more moms work full time and take care of the home

When the Probst family started out, both Ashley and Michael worked full time. When the Probst family started out, both Ashley and Michael worked full time.
Eventually, with more kids child care cost exceeded what Ashley's job paid, so she made the switch to full time mom. Eventually, with more kids child care cost exceeded what Ashley's job paid, so she made the switch to full time mom.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

New research shows in nearly half of U.S. two-parent households, both the mother and father work full time.

It found the share of two-parent households in 2015 is 46 percent. That is up from 31 percent in 1970.

Work and family poses a challenge for the majority of working parents.

As parents of 4 and with one on the way balancing home and work is a team effort for Ashley and Michael Probst.

"It's an all-day thing sometimes," Ashley Probst said.

But a study released by the Pew Research Center shows moms and dads don't always split the work evenly.

In households with two full time working parents, 54 percent of say mom does more for managing the kids schedule.

While fathers are seven percent more likely to say they are more focused on work than their spouse is.

When the Probst family started out, both Ashley and Michael worked full time.

"We would see each other in our spare time," Probst said.

Eventually, with more kids child care cost exceeded what Ashley's job paid, so she made the switch to full time mom.

"I feel like I have my role and taking care of the house and running errands and he works full time.”

The study showed 39 percent of full time working mothers say they don't get enough time with their kids. That compares to only 11 percent of non-working moms who felt the same way.

"It's a little bit less income but we get to do this stuff together,” Probst said. “We get to see each other and have devotionals with our kids and spend time as a family unit.

"I personally feel like it's just as difficult for her to stay home with crying kids all day and cleaning up messes,” Michael Probst said. “To me it's just as much of a job."

The Probsts say it all comes down to understanding.

"I think if you don't expect the other person to do it all it just works out better," Probst said.

Of working parents, 56 percent say balancing home and work life is difficult. Women especially report challenges come from being a working mother.

Forty-one percent of working moms say being a parent has made it difficult to advance in their career while 20 percent of working fathers say the same thing.

The study also looked at the division of labor in two parent households.

Families polled show 54 percent of parents in households where both parents work say the mother does more when it comes to managing their children’s activities.

Sixty-four percent of mothers in two parent households reported they do more that their spouse when it comes the activities surveyed, but 53 percent of fathers concede their spouse does more than they do.

The median household income for families with two full-time working parents is $102,400. That is compared with the median income of $84,000 for families where the father works full time and the mother part time and $55,000 where the father works full time and the mother is not employed.

The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, polled 1,807 parents with children younger than 18.

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