Working Mothers

"If I work outside the home, will it harm my child?"  This is a question I get asked all the time.  I've always pointed to research and not my own personal opinion.  Studies have shown that if a mom feels comfortable with her decision, no matter if it's being at home full time, working part-time, or working full time outside of the home, there's really no difference.  The key aspect is maternal comfort with the decision. 

If moms are conflicted and don't feel that they're doing what "they want to" versus "what they should do", then there can be more tension in the home which gets transferred to the kids.  In my opinion, the last thing any mom needs is more guilt.  We're all doing the best we can.

A new study from Columbia University adds more evidence and showed that the children of working moms don't suffer ill effects.  This was a long term study from infancy to first grade on over 1,000 children.  Every mom wants to do what's best for her child.  Sometimes working outside the home is not a choice, but a necessity.  Sometimes it's a source of guilt.  This may help lessen some of those concerns.

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