Battle of the Moms Essay

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“Motherhood has become a flash point for envy, resentment, and guilt because everyone struggles and envies what the other has” (nymag.com). There seems to always be a battle between working mothers and stay at home mothers, and the debate has always been controversial. Although there are many factors that differentiate children raised by a stay at home mother and a working mother, there is no right way on how to raise a child. The differences between both moms have both positive and negative characteristics but neither one can be said to be the correct way on raising a child. A “right way” does not exist. WHY WORKING MOTHERS WORK? “In the United States today, more than half of mothers with young children work, compared to 30% in the…show more content…
Children of full-time working mothers were found to only achieve at an A-level 52 % of the time. These children also found themselves unemployed 9% more of the time as well as suffering from psychological stress 28% more of the time compared to that of children with non working mothers (McIntosh). Another study conducted by the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that the more hours a mother works the “lower the child’s language development and academic achievement” (McIntosh). It is said that working mothers have a guilty conscience as they know that they prefer to work over taking care of their child. They live with the guilty conscience as well as with the stress of knowing they need to work in order to keep the family safe (McIntosh). The negative results that were found from studies proved that pre-school children with working moms had lower academic achievement and a harder time with language development, unemployment issues, and psychological distress in their futures. (McIntosh). SOCIETY VIEWS ON WORKING WOMEN Society tends to believe that the proper role of a mother is to stay at home and care for their baby (Scarr 7). It is believed that working mothers are neglecting their children (Fisanick 201). In reality, most of the bad press about working mothers comes from cultural stereotypes that are just now
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