*** We, at The Healthy Mummy, support working mums as well as stay-at-home mums. Our mantra is, whatever works best financially and emotionally for you as a family is always best.***
Here’s another reason to not feel guilty about working! Research reveals that working mums have an extremely positive influence on their children – especially their daughters.
Experts found that children of working mothers often have a different approach to work than those with stay-at-home mums.
Women with working mums tend to earn more
Data suggests that women with working mums are more likely to have a career themselves, as well as a higher paying job.
“There’s a lot of talk about why women work,” says the study’s author, Kathleen McGinn.
“A lot of those questions presume that, somehow, it’s detrimental to their families. That’s a whole bunch of ‘mother guilt’ based on almost no findings.”
Another study, that looked at mums and daughters across 25 developed countries, found that 21% of women whose mum’s worked landed roles as supervisors, compared to 18% who had stay-at-home mums.
There are also many benefits for men who have mums that have careers too. Research finds that they are more likely to spend time doing household chores and caring for their kids if they had working mums growing up.
In fact, nearly twice as much as sons of stay-at-home mums.
The study suggests that people tend to have “more egalitarian” views on gender roles if they have working mums.
Men and women who grew up in a home where both parents worked and also split household chores are probably more likely to repeat those same patterns when they have their own families.
“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,” adds Kathleen.
But Kathleen, who is also a professor at Harvard, stresses that stay-at-home mums are not being detrimental to their children’s futures either.
Like we said before, there’s no right or wrong answer. It’s all down to whatever works best for you as a family.
It’s just nice to know, that if you are feeling guilty about going to work, that you shouldn’t feel that way. There are positives to both situations.
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