Working vs. Stay at Home Moms

Today, more than two thirds of married mothers are employed. But does work improve a mother’s well being, or does employment stretch these mothers too thin? Do some stay-at-home moms thrive or do they generally suffer more than their working counterparts?

New research reports that stay-at-home moms have increased levels of anger and depression in comparison to working women.1 In addition, working moms have shown heightened mental and physical health at age 40. However, it is clear that some stay-at-home moms thrive and our pleased with their choice. This blog merely summarizes recent findings and trends.

New research additionally states that in regards to family life, two-earner families have demonstrated decreased rates of divorce, and maternal employment has shown no negative effects on children’s levels of intelligence.

Now it is evident that not all work is the same. Undoubtedly, women who work out of economic necessity at low paying jobs may not experience the same benefits as other working mothers.  This aside, plenty of working mothers (and their families) are reaping personal, familial, marital, and long-term benefits aided by their status of employment.

In the next blog I’ll continue the discussion with my thoughts on Cheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, as well as the tradeoffs for both working mothers and stay at home mothers.



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