Many presume that the effect of working moms on children is negative. This is why so many mothers feel guilty about working.
But say what you want about working moms; new research has found that the effect of working moms on children is “overwhelmingly positive” reports Time.
Effect of working moms on daughters
In a study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, researchers found that women who grew up with working moms are more likely to have careers compared to women who had stay-at-home moms.
These women are also more likely to have higher salaries. In the US, daughters of working moms make 23% more than daughters of stay-at-home mothers.
Effect of working moms on sons
Sons who grew up with working moms are more likely to spend twice as much time doing household chores compared to sons of stay-at-home moms. These men spend around eight more hours a week doing domestic duties like cleaning and spending time with the kids.
Modelling an egalitarian household
Children’s behaviours are modelled by the adults around them. Researchers found that children of working moms grow up to have more “egalitarian” views.
Children who grew up in homes where both parents worked and split household chores are more likely to repeat this pattern when they grow up. Similarly, children who grew up in more traditional homes are more likely to mimic their parents in adulthood.
“When you’re watching your mom go to work every day, especially if you’re a girl, you’re learning how to manage what is a really complex life,” study author Kathleen McGinn says.
Is being a stay-at-home mom bad for your kids?
In a short answer, no. There isn’t one right way to raise a child, and the choice to be either a working or stay-at-home mom won’t make or break your kids’ future.
What do you think of these findings on the effect of working moms?
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