If you want your children to have a happy childhood, apparently the one thing you shouldn’t do is quit your day job. There’s a new study that suggests children are happiest when their moms don’t give up on their jobs or their passions for that matter. In other words, busy moms, regardless of their employment status, tend to raise happier children.
According to a study published by the Work, Employment, and Society Journal, researchers analyzed date on more than 10,000 men and women in 29 different countries to see if having a working mom was linked to certain lifestyle outcomes.
As the study's authors wrote: "These findings add to a growing body of research providing a counterpoint to persistent beliefs and rhetoric that employed women are negatively affecting their families and society."
This also dispels the notion that kids are happiest when they have at least one parent who stays at home with them full-time. But as the study proves, this isn’t necessarily true. Children of working moms were just as happy as those children who had stay-at-home moms with them. This just reaffirms that if you choose to work to support your family, it doesn’t mean your child will be any less happy because of it.
Other surprising benefits of being a working mom include knowing how to stay flexible and for lack of a better term, roll with the punches. They also do a better job of teaching their children about economics and value quality time with their children more. That’s because working moms tend to give their children 100 percent of their time and dedication when they are not on the clock.
If that weren’t enough, working moms also turn out to be better planners and teach their children to be more independent and responsible. That’s because if mom is working 40 hours a week in the office, she doesn’t necessarily have the time to make her children’s lunches the night before school or go over every homework assignment before its due. Therefore, it’s up to the child to make sure that he or she is getting their own work done. As a result, kids who learn valuable life skills earlier on in their lives tend to be happier adults, too.
In addition, men who were raised by working mothers are more likely to contribute to the household chores and spend more time caring for their family members.