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“I just can’t afford to stay at home anymore. I need to find something to help make ends meet.” I've heard this refrain from several mom acquaintances recently. And I've noticed more than one who used to wear sweats suddenly dressed in a business suit at preschool drop-off. (Read: “I went back to work.")
Turns out, it’s a national trend: Fewer moms are staying home full-time with their kids, says a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of stay-at-home moms dropped slightly from 24 percent in 2007 (when the recession began) to 23 percent in 2010. And it's the lowest rate since 2001 -- also a bad economic year.
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