Kolkata, May 13: Working mothers are adopting the policy of one child only, 35 per cent avoid having a second child, a survey disclosed.
The key reason is they want to spend more time and energy in raising kids.
“Considering the stresses of modern marriage, job pressures and cost of raising children are key reasons why many mothers want to stop after their first child and decide not to add to their family,” said in ASSOCHAM’s survey on 1,500 working mothers having a single child on Mother’s Day on May 14.
The survey was carried out in 10 cities — Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.
More than 500 mothers said that they “hesitate, knowing that their job/promotion might get jeopardised if they take another maternity leave”.
The second reason is “Favouritism” to why many respondents do not want another child to ensure that attention does not get divided, more so as gender is a common reason for favouring one child over another.
Many respondents requested government, should provide certain supportive incentives such as reducing taxes for parents with a single child to stay connected with the single-child policy.
But on the another side, about 65 per cent of the mothers said they do not want their children to become “lonely misfits and would rather make their kids understand the joys of sharing and companionship with a sibling”.