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A working mom is a happy mom

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Working moms have better health and fewer symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms, studies have revealed.

The ideal situation would be for a mom to work part-time; researchers found that mothers with part-time jobs can balance work and nurturing their children better than those with full-time jobs, according to reports on the research.

The study tracked 1500 mothers for over ten years.

The best of both worlds?
Mothers with part-time jobs were just as involved in their child's school as stay-at-home moms, and more involved than mothers with full-time jobs, the investigators found. The study authors also noted that mothers with part-time jobs appeared more sensitive with their pre-school children and provided more learning opportunities for toddlers than stay-at-home moms and mothers with full-time jobs.

Another finding was that part-time employees should have more access to benefits, as this makes them more productive and likely to remain loyal to the company. Currently, employers provide fewer benefits to part-timers.

Is it the best of both worlds? A woman working part-time (should that be an option) can provide for her family and also be more socially interactive with adults, as well as  being available to her children for their practical and emotional needs.

What do you think? Is a working mom happier than a stay-at-home mom?
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