Children of working moms don’t struggle or suffer. Childhood poverty is a public health crisis with long lasting, far-reaching effects. 1 in 4 new mothers returns to work within the first 2 weeks of giving birth. Children actually do behave worse for their own mothers.
These are just a few things we learned in 2015 from the year’s best parenting articles. These stats and stories only prove my theory–none of us really know what we are doing here.
“Like any parent, I would love to believe that my awesome kids are a result of my awesome parenting. Sadly, expert opinion indicates it ain’t so. Genes have an enormous influence. Peers and culture have an enormous influence. But parenting styles inside the home, apart from extreme cases like abuse or neglect, have very little long-term influence on a person’s personality or success in life, at least that social scientists have been able to detect.”
The Huffington Post
“Even a temporary period of poverty puts a child at risk of lifelong disadvantage. So when 39 percent of our children are being exposed to such harm, that is a public health crisis — quite possibly the most serious one this country has ever faced.”
“Good cop. Bad cop. How about better cop? We asked experts: If you could change anything about the way parents approach discipline, what would it be? Here’s the tough love.”
“But what if — (and just go with me here for a moment) — when your kids push back, it is actually great for their development? The experts agree, this behavior is actually developmentally healthy for kids.”
Working moms have more successful daughters and more caring sons, Harvard Business School study says
“Daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions, and earn more money than the daughters of women who don’t work outside the home. The researchers also found a statistically significant effect on the sons of working women, who are likely to spend more time caring for family members and doing household chores than are the sons of stay-at-home mothers.”
“The well-being of children, the status of women, and the happiness of men will depend on whether more fathers are willing to take on primary parenting roles.”
“Nearly 1 in 4 new mothers surveyed by the department in 2012 were back at work within just two weeks of having a new baby, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at Abt Associates.”
“Kids have a innate penchant for sweet and starchy foods, which is logical from an evolutionary stand point. These foods make an efficient source of fuel for developing bodies and rapidly growing brains.”
“A study out of the University of Washington Department of Psychology has revealed that children are 800% worse when their mothers are in the room. If the children are under ten, the percentage doubles to 1,600%.”
“Dr. Bronwyn Harman … spent five years studying what types of families are most content, interviewing hundreds of parents from different family makeups to measure their resilience, social support, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. She expected that parents with more children would be less happy, but surprisingly found the opposite to be true: Parental happiness relates to how much effort has been put into growing the family.”