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20% of working mothers regret having children: poll

2012/05/10 16:44:04

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Approximately 20 percent of working mothers in Taiwan regret having children, after experiencing the challenges of motherhood, according to the results of a survey released Thursday ahead of Mother's Day.

If they could go back and make a new choice they would not have

any children, 19.52 percent of respondents said, citing heavy burdens and difficulties involved in child-rearing.

In the 1111 Job Bank poll, 41.98 percent of the respondents said they would still choose to have children, but not until they were well prepared psychologically and financially.

Another 38.5 percent said they would make the same choice because having children was part of their life plan.

On the hardships of motherhood, 39.85 percent complained that they have little time for themselves because of children, while 36.53 percent said they have given up their own interests and hobbies. Also, 33.95 percent said they suffer from long-term sleep deprivation.

A woman identified as Mrs. Wang, the working mother of a five-year-old girl, said that at one stage she regretted having a child, especially when times were hard financially.

She said families making less than NT$100,000 a month will have difficulty surviving in Taipei because of the high cost of living.

Apart from miscellaneous expenses, Wang said, her family has to spend more than NT$10,000 on insurance, another NT$10,000 on mortgage loan interest and NT$20,000 on her daughter's education.

In addition, Wang said that for the sake of her child she has given up her own interests and plans for higher education.

The survey was conducted among 756 working mothers from April 24 to May 8.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Y.F. Low)