While there are many working moms that probably see more challenges than benefits to having to go to the office every day, research claims that their children will reap the rewards later in life. In fact, there’s a new study that claims children who see their mom go to work grow up to be more successful and caring later in life.
Researchers from both the United States and the United Kingdom analyzed statistics from more than 100,000 people in 29 different countries to "determine whether a mother's employment status had any kind of link to their adult children." It turns out that it does, and it’s a positive one, too. Girls with working moms (regardless of whether they work inside or outside of the home) are more likely to have successful careers later in their lives.
Working moms also benefit boys, too. The sons of the same moms turned out to be adults who spent more time caring for other family members. The study was published in the Work, Employment and Society journal.
The researchers note that the study in no way claims that there are no benefits to having a stay-at-home mom. Instead, the research aimed to point out that children with working mothers were more likely to have a career later in life or help more with household duties or chores.
"This research doesn't say that children of employed moms are happier or better people, and it doesn't say employed moms are better," Kathleen McGinn, a professor at Harvard Business School and lead author of the study told CNN in an interview.
In addition, girls who were raised by working mothers were more likely to supervise others at work and spent more time at their jobs. They also had significantly higher annual incomes. When it came to boys, they were more likely to spend additional time at home caring for their family members than those mothers who were not employed. Overall, the study shows that there is more evidence that proves that working mothers benefit their children and families, as opposed to the long-standing notion that there are negative effects. Many working mothers often find it hard to juggle the work and life balance both inside and outside of the home.
As far as who is happier, the research concluded that there was no difference between how children felt with working or non-working mothers. Children with working moms are just as happy in adulthood as the children of stay-at-home moms.