How Working Mothers Positively Affect Their Children

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Around three-quarters of American mothers are working away from their homes. According to Pew Research Center, 41 percent of adults believe that the increase in working mothers is bad for society, while only 22 percent feel that it’s good. Nevertheless, there is more and more evidence showing that having a working mother has economic, educational and social benefits for all children. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that children don’t benefit from spending time with their parents, but we can’t spend every waking moment with them. How we spend our time is a trade-off. But, as research shows, having a working mother can be extremely beneficial for children. Here’s why:

Role model

Kids of working moms learn from an early age that all women don’t just spend their time as homemakers and that they have the opportunity to have a professional career. Young girls will watch their mothers having a career and a family and realize that they can aspire to be whatever they want and don’t just have to get married and have children. Young boys, on the other hand, will learn that household chores come with being apart of a family. Having this positive, independent woman in his life will positively influence young boys when they go to start their own families one day.

Economic benefit

When a family is receiving two incomes they become better off financially. Having two incomes as opposed to one will benefit everyone. Additionally, not having to rely on your husband for money is extremely important. You are able to spend your money how you’d like while contributing to bills, which gives you a sense of accomplishment and freedom.

Kid’s behavioral issues

Many mothers believe that if they don’t spend enough time with their kids that their kids might develop behavioral problems. Research conducted since 1960 has shown that that opposite is actually true. Kids of working mom’s actually behave better than kids of stay-at-home mothers.

Depression

It is never beneficial for children to be around frustrated and depressed parents. Statistics show that stay-at-home mom’s are more likely to suffer from depression. Getting out of the house and working and having something to focus on and call your own is extremely important to keep mothers minds active.

Independent kids

Children of working mothers understand what it means to be independent. They see their mothers working and taking control of their own lives and balancing everything that they have to do without relying on others to help them. These children have to do more things for themselves when their mothers are at work while their mother sets the example of working and being independent.

While there are some cons to being a working mother, the benefits truly outweigh the negatives. Children learn so much from looking up to a working mother and you, as a working mom, can reap the benefits as well!