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The Hidden Cost for Stay-At-Home American Parents

Beyond lost wages, moms or dads who don't return to work forfeit growth in those wages and in retirement and other benefits

The decision around whether to go back to work after having a baby — and pay for childcare — is already difficult. American parents can now add another stark financial figure to their calculations: Each lost year of employment could cost a family more than three times a parent's annual salary.

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