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More moms are bringing home bigger paychecks than their husbands


More women than ever are the main breadwinners and that's true in Jeremy Post's family. "It's a tough decision. Every man wants to be out working and bringing home the necessary means to provide for their family."

While he says he wants to work, that's not his role right now. His wife is bringing home the dough while he takes care of his two boys. "I've worked all my life, hard. So it's a change, but I'm welcome to it."

According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, moms are earning more than dads in almost 25% of all of U.S. families. Saint Mary's College Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Richard Measell says it's a growing trend. "Women are becoming more educated and entering the more male dominated fields."

Which Measell says means bigger paychecks. "The idea that the woman stays home taking care of the kids, that is less likely today than in the past."

Maybe both parents work. Or he says, more dads like Post are staying home, which Measell says is changing the family structure. "His role as financial provider is not as it used to be."

But stay-at-home dads say that's not all bad. "I was a stay at home dad for a little bit and actually it's a good thing, because it actually got me closer to my kids," says Josh Hostetler.

It's not only an adjustment for the dads. Working mom Kristin Lewis says a lot of negotiating has to happen. "It might take some adjustments and it might mean that men need to take more responsibility at home."

While it's a societal change that may take some getting used to, Post says in the end you have to do what's best for your whole family. "I think it can work for anybody that wants to actually let go of themselves and think about their children more."

While women are gaining success financially, Measell says studies show the majority of women would still rather be home with their kids.

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