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Working Mothers Rock!

May 20, 2015
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women workingFirst, the good news. The children of working mothers do not suffer because their moms work.

Now, even better news. The daughters of working mothers do better in school and later at work than do the daughters of stay-at-home moms. Some experts are finding this a little hard to believe.

A study looked at 50,000 adults in 25 countries. Grown daughters of working mothers had completed more years of education. They were more likely to be employed. They were more likely to have supervisory roles and to earn more money. 

How about the boys? There was not much change in school and later life. However, while growing up the boys of working mothers did more housework and childcare. As adults, the boys of working mothers were more likely to marry workingwomen

A study of studies (meta-analysis) showed that, in general, children had no setbacks because their mothers worked. In these studies, boys and girls of working mothers were high achievers in school. They exhibited less bad behavior. They reported less depression and anxiety.

The results were very strong for lower-income families and single-parent families with working mothers.

Are the working mothers role models? The experts say yes. Mothers who are working are saying, “Here is a way to behave. Here is a way you can cope with the demands of work and home.”

About three out of four American mothers work.

The United States is divided on whether it is better for mothers to work or to stay home. The need for income is always a factor.

An observer said, “the right decision for a family is the one that works best for them.”

Source: The New York Times May 15, 2015


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