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Is it hip to be a stay-at-home mom? Or has the great recession forced mom's out of the work force? Perhaps it's a bit of both.  The Pew Research Center crunched some census numbers and found after a modern era low of 23% in 1999, now the number of stay-at-home moms is up to 29%. 

Josephine Dizon, of Culver City, is a married mother of two. She voluntarily left her marketing job to take care of Sebastian, when he was born six years ago. Four years later, Angelique was born.  Staying at home worked for the Dizons while the money was good, but the great recession sent the family's finances tumbling. She started to consider re-entering the job market but feels like perhaps she's been out too long.  She also calculated how much it would cost for child care if she went back to work full time and for now, any way, it doesn't seem worth it. Child care costs could take up to 70% of her salary, especially if she had to start her career over and work from the bottom. "I don't think we could make that work unless, we drastically changed our lifestyle, like moving in with my parents," Josephine said to me. Now, Josephine is looking for a way to work at home. But ideally, she'd just be 100% focused on the children.

Pew found 60% agree with Josephine and believe children are better off when a parent stays home.

Perhaps further illustration of the recession's effect on mothers, today the stay-at-home moms are more educated, with a quarter now with college degrees. Back in 1970, only 7% were college educated. And, there is a growing number, 6% in 2012 vs. 1% in 2000 who say that they can't find a job.

There are cultural differences too in the stay-at-home mom population. Hispanic and Asian children were the most likely to be raised by stay at home mothers, 36% and 37% respectively. Compare that to the 26% white children and 23% black children with stay-at-home moms.

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