Working Moms Happier Than Stay-At-Home Moms, Study Finds

Working Moms Happier Than Stay-At-Home Moms, Study Finds

To work or not to work after having children: it’s a subject that’s been debated over and over again. What’s best for the kids? What’s best for women? And wait, what’s best for you?

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association of over 1,300 moms the happiest moms are, perhaps unsurprisingly, those who work part-time.

Full-time working mothers were equally well-off on several important levels, though. Both part- and full-time workers reported better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression than those who stayed at home. The working groups also showed no significant differences in terms of personal perceptions that their jobs “supported family life, including their ability to be a better parent,” the study’s authors said in a press release.

As for why they might be happier, the authors theorized, “a mother’s participation in employment provides her with support and resources that a mother who spends full time at home does not receive.”

If that’s the case, then where did the part-timers edge out over the full-timers? Well, they were more involved in their children’s schools, which makes a lot of sense. And, relative to both full-timers and stay-at-homers, they were more sensitive with their pre-school children, and they able to offer more learning opportunities to their toddlers.

Both groups of working mothers reported better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression than those who are full-time mothers. When that news broke earlier this week that working moms were effectively happier than the stay-at-homes, the blogosphere responded with the lengthier and more articulate equivalent of “duh.”

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