By Stephen Lunn
WOMEN who return to work part-time after having children have more difficulty juggling career and family than mothers in full-time jobs.
And those who think they can solve the problem by starting their own business are wrong, with self-employed women even more likely to be stressed because they lack time.
"It is a double whammy for part-time working women - their jobs aren't the best career option and more is expected of them on the home front," said Barbara Pocock, head of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia.
Professor Pocock conducted in March the first national survey of work-life outcomes, called Work, Life and Time, polling 1435 male and female Australians.
The results, to be released today, "confirm that long work hours have a negative effect both on the individual in terms of health and in the broader context of friendships and community involvement".
Well. Things are clearly not getting any easier for Australian mothers. We were always under the impression that Aussies were like a combination of Northern Californian and Texans. Easy-going and nice to everyone, but unbelievably tough and prone to gaudy displays of wealth. It sounds like their caught in the bloody rat race too. Part-time working Moms get no slack at work or home. Full-time working moms get some slack but are still working full-time and taking care of a kid while her Fosters-drinking husband plays rugby with against a bunch of kangaroos. This whole thing makes us want to punch a koala. Our advice to stressed-out Aussie is to hold-off on the extra kids or not throw another shrimp on the Barbie. Thank you, this has proven how little we know about Australia outside of Crocodile Dundee.