The number of stay-at-home Moms is rising

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "I was a little nervous about it," said Bekah Ulwelling," a mom who started staying home with her kids in April 2013.

"I was a little nervous about it," she admitted.

She says she has gained a lot but at the same time she had to give up some things, too.

"Having my own income and then being without it felt a little bit like, in a weird way, like losing freedom," she said.

A new Pew Research Poll shows more moms are making decisions like Bekah, opting to stay home with their kids rather than have a job.

The poll tracked data over the last 15 years showing that being a stay-at-home mom has been a rising trend.

In 1999, 23% of moms said they stayed at home compared to 29% in 2012.

Beth Mathison, Director of Business Development at Manpower, is not surprised.

"With the labor market being more competitive maybe families have made the decision for one parent to stay home and raise the family," Mathison said.

She says with daycare costs it may also make economic sense for a parent to stay home.

But she says if you choose to do that, you need to keep your work skillset up to date if you hope to enter the workforce again.

That means documenting on your resume how long you have been a stay-at-home mom, your responsibilities at home and even volunteer experience.

"When we look at that volunteer experience, it shows leadership, communication skills, initiative and the ability to work with others," she said.

Bekah Ulwelling is not too concerned about the day she will choose to get a job again.

"I guess where to begin really, I kind of think I would be starting at the bottom, but I think it will be fine," she added.

For right now, she says she is making the right decision.

"I wouldn't trade it for anything, I enjoy them," she added.


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