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I was pleased when I saw information from a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Family Psychology that working mothers are healthier and happier.  Starting in second grade I was a ‘latchkey-kid,’ meaning I had my own set of house keys to let myself in after school because both of my parents worked full time. The study found that “working mothers were less depressed and reported better overall health than moms who stayed at home with their young children.” I found this interesting on two levels – first, thinking of my own mom that she wasn’t socially isolated as if she would have been if she were a stay-at-home mom, and second, thinking of my co-worker’s who are also mothers and how they’re able to cope with balancing either a full or part-time job and a family.

 

I’ve included a link to the MSNBC editorial here and below, and would like to other thoughts on this subject. Do you agree or disagree with the findings of the study?

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/12/9393412-working-moms-a... 

 

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Comment by Sarah Willey on December 13, 2011 at 8:41am

Theresa, thanks for sharing this.

I am a bit mixed on this study. As a former stay-at-home mom and now full-time working mom, the exhaustion I felt at the end of the day was very much different from the stress I feel now as a full-time worker and full-time parent. When I was home, I would wake up when the kids did and would have to manage the house while finding activities to keep them entertained all day. It can become very exhausting. Now that I work full-time, I am forced to wake up before them to ensure they are prepared for their day before I even prepare for mine. 

The following article really defines how I feel on a daily basis around 4pm when I have to hop in the car, weather a lenghty commute while trying to figure out how I'm going to manage dinner, homework, lunches for the next day all while trying to find time to take a deep breath and just enjoy my two kids who I missed all day.

Here's a link to the article I'm referring to. I'd love to know what you think!  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/02/143045721/among-working-...

 

The key to life is balance and finding a way to turn off work when you're home with the kids and your family. It's also critical to surround yourself with people who understand the demands of the work place and the demands at home.

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