Are we damaging or helping our children?

Are children damaged when moms work? Or are the kids better off if mommy spent some time at work? 

Making the decision to stay home with your kids or join the workforce can be a very difficult process. As
a working mom I faced moments of sadness and guilt, specially when
I returned to work and my daughter was only 7 weeks old. However, I
certainly see both side of the coin. I felt confident that I was ensuring financial stability and prepared for unforeseen circumstances.  I am proud and thankful to have an
excellent support system, a gratifying career and still able to enjoy
motherhood.

Bring your child to work day (6 months)

Bottom line is that today, seventy percent of American mothers with children at home are employed. Whether this is by choice, necessity, or a combination of both, more and more mothers these days are putting their young children in day care, hiring nannies, or leaving them with a family member or friend. Despite this fact, still a high percentage believe that working moms are bad for children.  From an article on the New York Times and according to Pew Research Center, “41 percent of adults say the increase in working mothers is bad for society, while just 22 percent say it is good.”
So, what happened to the other 37 percent? Is it a secret?

But wait a minute…
In another article, The New York Times also reports that “a new study of 50,000 adults in 25 countries found that daughters of working mothers completed more years of education, were more likely to be employed and in supervisory roles and earned higher incomes”.

As you can see, this is a very personal decision, and as such, a mother should make the choice that brings her closest to fulfilling her hopes and dreams.
Hard at work (6 months)







I‘m very curious to see how you feel about this topic. Let’s start a conversation. What are you secretly thinking? 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    I decided to stay home with my children, and I thank God every day for the opportunity that I've had to share spacial moments of their life and see every change without having to experience them through a caregiver's eyes. At the same time, it's been very hard for me to accept the fact that I will never be a doctor, which is the career I had started and loved, or that I will probably never have a college degree, which has always been very important to me. After four years staying home, I recently started working and I have to say that I admire all the mothers that have time for their jobs, their children's homework, sports practice, their husbands, the house work, and I just hope it doesn't take me too long to get use to my new life as a working mom.

  2. Anonymous says

    I have 2 kids (an almost 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son). I went back to work after a 12 week maternity leave for both kids. I have no regrets going back to work. I have been employed by the same company for 18 years! My kids are happy, social and very well adjusted. My kids know that I am always there for them but I also have obligations at work. Now that my daughter is getting older, she asks me lots of questions about what I do during the day. I think it is important for our kids to know that we are not just "mommy" but we have careers outside of the house. With that being said, the decision to work outside of the home is very much a personal decision and each family needs to decide what works for them. It was tough at first to go back to work. You really need to find the right balance between work and home. I would be happy to talk with any new mom (or dad) who is struggling with the notion of going back to work. One advice that worked for me is to form a support group of women going through the same thing as you. Talk it out. It definitely helped me 6 years ago when my daughter was a baby. Thanks, Claudia, for bringing this issue out through your blog. – Stephanie Bruck Fogelman

  3. says

    What a wonderful cause! Also, what a tocuhing story that your art touched a person’s life to bring them hope. You are such a wonderful person with all you do.

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