Being a mother is a full-time job, but we know many mothers, in fact 70% of mothers with children under 18, participate in the labor force.1 Whether you invest your energy fully into being a stay-at-home mom, you work a part-time job, or put in over 40 hours a week, we want to salute you.
The civilian labor force is made up of 74.6 million women.2 And, while many might think of nurses, secretarial work, and education as women-dominated careers, some of the fastest growing women-dominated occupations are veterinarians, natural science management, pharmacists, public relations, opticians, writers, business leaders, and many more.3
For many moms working is not a choice. 40% of households with children under 18 mothers are the primary or sole providers.1 Working moms are busy shaping the future generation all while writing prescriptions or presenting in the boardroom.
According to the Pew Research Center moms are equally spending more time in the labor force AND time on child care than past generations. In 2016 moms spent around 25 hours a week on paid work vs. 9 hours of paid work in 1965. In 2016 mothers spent 14 hours a week on child care vs. 10 hours a week in 1965. Even in dual, full-time working households, 54% of mothers claim to do more work when it comes to managing children’s schedule and activities.4
To Managing Moms,
Some of the top management positions for women are in human resources, social and community service, and education.5 Women are also more likely than men to have a bachelor’s degree by age 29, with 34% of women and 26% of men holding a degree.6 From managing the household to managing at the office, mothers who do both deserve recognition.
Resourcefulness, rolling with the punches, dedication; these are the traits that makeup any mother who is raising children, paying the bills, and flourishing in their career. Moms who are busy at the office need to be uplifted rather than criticized. These are women who have proven themselves hardworking and valuable in both the professional and domestic world.
Mother or not, every individual has the right to go after their dreams. Because of this we want to highlight mothers who are also entrepreneurs, also known as mompreneurs. Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.7 With energy and self-motivation these mothers are building up their life with family and career.
According to a survey done by online graphic design marketplace 99designs (that polled more than 1,290 male and female business owners with at least one child under 18 from US, Europe, and Australia), 79% of mother entrepreneurs are married and 95% have a partner who brings in income.8
Many moms turn to entrepreneurship due to its flexibility as 71% are the primary childcare provider.9 Even with the flexibly of owning your own business, these mothers work hard, typically finding time to work once their child has gone to bed.
For all moms,
It is no shock that many mothers face a lot of pressure in the choices they make. Even while motherhood and the labor force has changed over the years, many women feel pressured to balance work and home.
At Paragon Vision Sciences, we understand the multitude of choices, energy, and time moms invest into their families and careers. While we can’t offer solutions to society’s pressures, we can offer a solution to your child’s vision needs as well as lost contacts and broken glasses. Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are worn overnight. In the morning, your child will remove the lenses and can see clearly all day free from glasses or daytime contacts. These lenses treat nearsightedness, also known as myopia. Myopia is where a person cannot see objects clearly at a distance. Objects need to be held up close to be visible.
Many moms may not be aware that nearsightedness (myopia) is more than a vision condition, it is a major children’s health issue. The American Optometric Association recommends a child receives their first eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months. Children who are at risk of developing vision problems should always get an eye exam as frequently as their practitioner recommends.9
Paragon CRT® lenses are ideal to treat school-aged myopia. School-aged myopia is a type of myopia that usually begins at six-years-old and onwards.10 Myopia can increase in severity throughout childhood. As a patient’s myopia progresses into higher prescriptions each year there is a greater risk of retinal detachment or ocular diseases such as myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and more later in life.11 Myopia can impair a child’s ability to learn and offers physical restraints if a child needs to resort to glasses.
To find out if your child is a good candidate for these lenses, they will need to visit a Paragon CRT® certified eyecare professional. You can find a certified doctor in your area here. From finding little time to exercise to a lack of sleep because of your busy schedule; you could use any bit of convenience. It’s the small things that help make your day easier, like simplifying a meal or getting help from a family member, friend, or neighbor. We hope that our lenses offer you an inch of relief; both with convenience and knowing your child’s vision is being treated.
Thank You Moms
We want to say thank you to all moms. We know there are unrealistic expectations towards motherhood. We know many mothers face an obstacle course of daily struggles in terms of providing and caring for their family. That’s why we want to communicate that any mom doing her best, is being “the world’s best mom”. Just by being a mother, you are shaping the future.
 Working Mothers Issue Brief (Rep.). (n.d.). Women's Bureau U.S. Department of Labor. https://www.dol.gov/wb/resources/WB_WorkingMothers_508_FinalJune13.pdf
 U. (n.d.). Economic News Release. Retrieved March 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm Table A-1. Employment status of the civilian population by sex and age
 Stebbins, S., & Frohlich, T. C. (n.d.). 20 Jobs That Have Become Dominated by Women (Rep.). 24/7 Wall St. Retrieved March 12, 2019, from https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/08/06/20-jobs-that-have-become-dominated-by-women-2/.
 DeWolf, M. (2017, March 1). 12 Stats About Working Women. Retrieved March 12, 2019, from https://blog.dol.gov/2017/03/01/12-stats-about-working-women
 U. (2019, February 15). Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey. Retrieved March 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/cps/demographics.htm
 [Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons (SBO)]. (2016, February 23). United States Census Bureau https://census.gov/programs-surveys/sbo.html
 Bose, S. (2017, June 8). 71 Percent of Mompreneurs Are The Primary Childcare Provider (INFOGRAPHIC). Retrieved March 12, 2019, from https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/06/mompreneur-statistics.html
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 D.I. Filtcroft, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 31 (2012) 622-660