Children With Working Moms Develop Normally
Working mamas often get the short end of the stick. Working mamas are often stressed about leaving their child in...
Working mamas often get the short end of the stick. Working mamas are often stressed about leaving their child in daycare in the first place. To make matters worse, working moms are accused of neglect and and even stuff like making kids fat. Not to mention that moms in the U.S. live in the one and only industrialized nation with zero paid maternity leave. Yup, it's so much fun to be a working mom. Now however, thanks to new study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on maternal employment and child socio-emotional behavior, working mamas may have some good news. The new research shows that young children with moms who work, experience no significant detrimental effects on their social or emotional development. One oddity was that the research shows that working moms affect boys and girls differently. The researchers discovered that when a mother was the breadwinner, boys displayed more difficulties at age five than boys living with two working parents. Girls however, were more likely to have behavior difficulties at age five in households where the father was the breadwinner. The difference was not explained by household income, level of mother’s education or depression in the mother. Overall though, the study came up with some encouraging results for working mothers. Dr Anne McMunn, principal researcher in this study, notes the following:
"Some studies have suggested that whether or not mothers work in the first year of a child’s life can be particularly important for later outcomes. In this study we did not see any evidence for a longer-term detrimental influence on child behavior of mothers working during the child’s first year of life."+ Working mothers and the effects on children