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Trump aiming to recognize stay-at-home parents as ‘full-time workers’

Ashley Alt
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Ashley Alt

If you’re a parent, you know that choosing whether or not to go back to work is a daunting decision. Going back to work elicits feelings of guilt, selfishness and neglect for your child. Meanwhile, staying at home can be deeply lonely and isolating, and causes you, as the parent, to lose your identity and self-purpose.

All sorts of stigmas are tied to the stay-at-home parent, like “Homemakers are lazy,” and “Stay-at-home moms need to get a real job.” In addition to those harboring feelings of dissatisfaction, there’s the financial aspect of the situation. Will childcare expenses outweigh your paycheck? How can you possibly prepare for something that’s unknown?

Which begs the popular question, “Should being a ‘Stay-at-home’ housewife or husband be recognized as a full time job, and encouraged through tax incentives?”

No matter your financial status, whether you’re part of a low-income household, come from extreme wealth or are somewhere in between, working inside of the home should 100 percent be recognized as a full-time job.

Trump aiming to recognize stay-at-home parents as ‘full-time workers’

In September of 2016, Donald Trump unveiled a major policy proposal giving a tax break to stay-at-home mothers with young children. This would allow most families to deduct the cost of childcare from their taxable income — whether the child attends a daycare facility or is cared for at home by a parent.

After decades of this constant struggle, really nothing has been done to help families in need. Trump’s plan recognizes the importance of family in society, which would, over time, help boost economic growth. It’s important to note Trump’s plan differs significantly from that of Hillary Clinton, who has long said she subscribes to the philosophy that “it takes a village to raise a child.”

If the President’s plan goes into effect, families with a stay-at-home parent will be able to fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxes. There are a lot of underlying details and rules attached to his proposed policy, but I do agree that something needs to be done to change the financial and emotional turmoil that comes with doing what’s best for your family.

Trump aiming to recognize stay-at-home parents as ‘full-time workers’

According to the report, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Center, added that “Trump's plan recognizes the importance of the family in society and the importance of children to future economic growth. His plan encourages family formation which will, over time, help boost the economy.”

This “game-changing” initiative will certainly — and rightfully — help millions as the workforce and statistics have morphed greatly over the years.

Trump aiming to recognize stay-at-home parents as ‘full-time workers’

Since 1979, wages have stagnated, while the host of living in America has skyrocketed. With the growing need for more than just one paycheck to maintain a family, this act proves Trump’s valiant effort to acknowledge and support stay-at-home parents.

According to one report, 21 percent of respondents say they’ve waited to have children specifically because of child care costs, which have seen steady and troubling increases as well. This statistic increases to 26 percent for millennial parents. And 1 in 4 have put themselves in debt — or further debt — to pay for child care.

This certainly is a positive step forward.