Over 60% of working parents say more money would improve their family life, rather than more time or more support, according to a Working Mums’ poll for National Family Week.
Almost two thirds of working mums would rather have more money than time or support, according to a Working Mums poll.
Some sixty-one per cent of almost 400 people polled said money was more likely to improve their lives than having more time or more support. Eighteen per cent said more time and 14% said more support.
The poll comes at the beginning of the first National Family Week
, which aims to celebrate family life and encourage families to spend more quality time together. The website brings together many organisations dedicated to the family and includes advice on everything from health to personal finance and going out.
The poll shows, however, that working mums believe money is more important than time in the current economic situation. Part of the reason is that money can buy people more time with their family as they can afford to work less.
Several mums said they had been made redundant recently so more money was obviously a priority.
One said she had noticed that the range of salaries offered for jobs in her field had actually reduced in the last few months, which she felt meant that employers were “aware of the desperation of some people”.
Another single parent said: “More money would help me to keep my house for my son and myself. I have been out of work now for six months due to redundancy. I’ve lost count of the number of jobs I have applied for with only 2/3 replying. It is very disheartening.”
Others commented that having more money would mean that they could afford to work less and therefore have more time for their family.
One mum said she would choose more money “because then I would be able to spend more quality time with my family instead of worrying about money and the lack of it all the time, watching every penny.”
Another commented: “Having more money would take a lot of the stress out of life, not having to worry about the bills getting paid, being able to spend more time with the children, taking part in exiting new activities which at the moment are just not applicable. It really angers me that it’s the children who will suffer in the long run as their life experiences will suffer due to lack of funds. I try to stay focused and positive which, in these worring times, is really quite difficult.”