Around 35% working mothers in urban parts of the country don’t wish a second child for reasons ranging from money incurred besides time and energy involved in their upbringing, says a survey carried out by Assocham.
“The stress of modern marriage, job pressures, cost of raising children are the key reasons why many mothers want to stop after their first child,” highlighted the random survey of 1500 working mothers having one kid each by Assocham’s social development wing ahead of the Mother’s Day that is celebrated in India on second Sunday of May each year.
The survey by ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation was carried out in 10 cities namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai in the past one month.
The aim of the exercise was to gauge as to how much time working mothers generally spend with their son/daughter and if they wish to go for another child and reasons for their decision. Of over 500 respondents who did not want another child, many even said they hesitated knowing that their job/promotion could be in danger if they applied for maternity leave second time.
Secondly, the respondents said they did not want another child to ensure that their attention did not get divided. Interestingly, majority of those who do not want another child say their spouse does not support their decision of stopping at one. “The government should provide certain supportive measures/incentives such as reducing taxes for families/parents with a single child,” opined many respondents.
While majority of the total respondents said they did not want their children to become lonely misfits and would rather make their kids understand the joys of sharing everything with a sibling.