Dr Nicole Poff: Why We Work: Challenging the Myth that Working Moms Impede Children’s Success
From Barbara Zorn-Arnold on October 10th, 2017
“It must be so hard to be a working mom; I can’t even imagine what it feels like to have someone else raising my child”. Every mother who works outside of the home knows exactly how these words feel. These words seem to be filled with judgement and create a fallacy that continuing your career means surrendering your parental responsibilities to the preschool teachers. When the decision is made to re-enter the workforce, the worrying doesn’t stop; is this a good decision, am I ruining my child, will my child still love me? This non-stop worrying distracts us from the tasks at hand and seems to typically create this need to always decide between work or family. The truth of the matter is this; family and a career can co-exist and there is a sufficient amount of data that supports the positive benefits that working mothers have on their children. Whether you’re currently in the workforce, or looking to transition back into it soon, let’s take a deeper look at the traditional idea that staying home with children is the best approach and dive into stats, evidence, and real-life examples that provide a different perspective. The more we explore and discuss the eye-opening truth behind the positive effects of working mothers, the more we can continue to educate others. We work to promote our children’s college potential. We work to model continuous career success. We work to pay tribute to the career opportunities now available for women.