24 Ways Our Working Mothers Had It Easier Than We Do

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Families tended to live closer to their support networks


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It wasn’t unheard of in the 70’s or 80’s for adult children to live around the block from their own parents. Living in the same town was even more common, meaning that kids often grew up with a sprawl of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that they could hang out with if their parents were busy. Needing a sitter was less likely since families were bigger, support networks wider, and kids were trusted on their own more. Working moms had several people to rely on when it came to ride sharing or supervising. Now, we tend to work and then come home, living insular lives. We also don’t necessarily stay in the towns we grew up in. This means grandparents taking on childcare duties are fewer and farther between.

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