Families with two working parents often worry about whether their kids are missing out on something by not having mom at home. However, a new study of 100,000 men and women from 29 countries found clear benefits for the children of working mothers. Not only were they just as happy as their peers with stay-at-home moms in adulthood, but the daughters were more likely to hold roles as supervisors in their own careers and the sons contributed more to the care of their children.
None of this is to say there aren't benefits to having a mom who is able to stay home or that having a working mom is the superior option, but the underlying message to families is that you're not harming your kids by having two working parents. Moreover, the importance of a working role model for daughters and modeling shared parenting duties for sons is something dual income families can feel good about.
In fact, the career success of daughters of working moms was measurable in multiple ways. Not only were daughters 1.21 times more likely to be employed, but they were 1.29 times more likely to hold roles as supervisors and reported markedly higher annual incomes. While sons didn't demonstrate any differences in employment, they spent an extra 50 minutes per week providing care for their families. So the next time you feel twinges of guilt about working outside the home, skip it. Your kids will be just fine.