New Research: Working Moms’ Kids Just As Happy

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Ever since women started working outside of the home, there’s been the debate, is it bad for children to have working moms? 

Now, you working moms can breathe a sigh of relief. 

As the CEO of Click Rain in Sioux Falls, Natalie Eisenberg oversees a $5 million company and more than 40 people.

“I love working. It’s a creative outlet for me,” Eisenberg said.

At home she’s also in charge of two others, a nine year old son and a six year old daughter.

“Every day it’s hard to drop my kids off with caretakers, but every day it’s also equally fulfilling to go pick them up. I can’t get to them fast enough at the end of the day. It’s like a gift every day,” Eisenberg said.

Across the country, moms debate what’s best, stay at home or work outside of the house.

“Full-time childcare probably showed up in the United States consistently in the 1960s. In all of those decades, there’s been a little kind of feud between stay-at-home moms and working moms. ‘Who is right. Who is doing the best job for their kids,'” Avera Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox said.

New research out of Harvard finds that the kids of working moms end up being just as happy as those of stay-at-home moms. 

“I think what studies like this help us do is say that we can make choices for ourselves, and they will be good choices. If you choose to stay home with your children, you are making the best choice for you. If you choose to be a working mother, you are making the best choice for you,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox says it’s still very important to make sure your kids have quality childcare.

“If you do not have a very good day care, you’re going to be one of those in the study that’s at the bottom end,” Wilcox said.

Eisenberg herself is a product of working parents and says she’s been happy with her mom’s decision.

“I’m so proud of her when people tell me about what a great nurse she is. I can think of her as more than just my mom. I like to think that my kids someday will be able to do the same,” Eisenberg said.

The research also found that daughters of working mothers are more likely to work outside of the home, hold supervisor roles, and earn more money. 

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