A Harvard researcher studied the happiness of kids of working moms compared to stay-at-home moms. She found they end up just as happy as adults as the children of moms who stayed home.
Kids of stay-at-home moms grow up to be happy, too. All told, it’s not better or worse for your child’s eventual happiness if you work or not.
In the surveys, both daughters and sons were asked about their overall life satisfaction. Whether their moms stayed at home or worked, all reported being just as happy. Yet women are still socialized to believe they are hurting their children by going to work. McGinn says she hopes these latest finding will help ease that guilt. “As we gradually understand that our children aren’t suffering, I hope the guilt will go away.”