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Working mothers face disruption to their careers throughout their children’s lives, according to a new survey by the Guardian and Netmums.
The survey of 2,500 women found that mothers who returned to work after maternity leave often chose to give up work or go part time when their children started school.
Around 60% put their careers on hold to help out with homework and other issues relating to school life as the emotional needs of their children increased. More than a quarter said it was impossible to work full time due to the demands of school life.
Some 60% of mums said they felt embarrassed by the expectation that parents should work more once their children started school and nearly 40% felt they were setting a bad example to their children if they didn’t work. Only 20% felt they were a better parent as a result of giving up work.