Saturday, March 2, 2013

Korean Women Delay Mommyhood for Corporate 'Hood

ONCEKids Publishing is a mom-friendly zone.  We're led by Mompreneur Eileen Wacker and work with several Moms throughout the world.  We feel comfortable knowing that being mothers only makes us better at each job and task we take on; and offers us fuller lifestyles that we choose to live.  It's humbling to hear about other cultures and societies that view life so differently.  But as a multi-cultural company we love to shine light on different values and appreciate them all.  In modern-day Korea, after several years of the government setting mandatory lowering of pregnancy rates, their ruling now has the opposite problem.  Women are choosing to not have children

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The first major progression is that Korean women are now choosing to delay from their 20s to their 30s to even consider parenthood.  Many become career women and their ambitions lead them to longer hours at work and more responsibilities.  Their feedback is, frankly, they love it and aren't ready to change.

In addition is the financial burden of children.  Most young couples have lifestyles, college debts, as well as helping to take financial care of their retired parents. Even well-heeled couples find the extra expenses more than they can handle, or more than they want to handle.  Child schooling, hospitals and daytime care are all bills that add up.  Each make a fiducially-responsible couple take pause.

In most cases the husbands agree, but in some cases it becomes a point of contention.  A young husband relayed his envy when attending a friend's son's birthday party.  But in today's Asia, women speak for themselves and they speak loudly.

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As part of The Moms Code we support these women and hope you do too.  At some point in the future they can decide to change their mind.  At that point motherhood can be a strong option and these women can exercise another of the their great opportunities to bring even more definition to their lives. Ya'know, just like men.  

Do you agree?  Disagree?  We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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