Working Moms Raise More Successful Children, Says Study

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There's plenty of perks and downfalls of being a working mom. You're bound to miss out on moments of your kids' life, teachers are judgmental when you can't leave work on a whim for something that isn't an emergency, and you constantly try to strike a balance between work and life.

But now, science is giving working moms a huge pat on the back for getting up and heading to work after getting the kids ready every day. As it turns out, they're churning out awesome kids.

According to a paper published by Harvard Business School, working mothers are 4.5 percent more likely to have daughters who will be employed.

Also, 33 percent of working mothers have daughters holding supervisory positions compared to 25 percent of stay-at-home moms' daughters. They also earn more than daughters of stay-at-home mothers.

"We did expect that it would effect employment but we didn't expect that it would effect supervisory responsibility," professor Kathleen McGinn tells Quartz.

Sons of working moms are also more likely to spend more time taking care of their family members and doing chores than sons of stay-at-home mothers. It sounds like they're raising little feminists.

Harvard came to this conclusion after analyzing data from 24 countries by the International Social Survey Programme between 2002 and 2012.

"What I take away is that employed mothers create an environment in which their children's attitudes on what is appropriate for girls to do and what is appropriate for boys to do is affected," McGinn says.

So, let go of that guilt, working moms. You're raising your kids exceptionally well, and they wouldn't be this way if it weren't for you.


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