"Our society is no longer in a situation where most families can afford a stay-at-home mom," Coontz said. "We're dead last in the industrial world for family-friendly work policies. It's very important that we build a situation where women don't have to give up jobs if they become pregnant and have a baby. Those jobs must be protected, and there must be available affordable childcare."
Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education and co-chairwoman of the Council on Contemporary Families, said the return to the nest is not so much a reflection on failure of the parents or laziness of the children, but rather the state of society.