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The next time you feel some hardcore mom-guilt because you have to leave your little one and go to work (and that would be tomorrow morning, right?), take heart: A review of 50 years’ worth of research, published online in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin, shows that tots whose moms head back to work in the first few years of their kids’ lives aren’t any more prone to academic or behavioral problems than those raised by SAHMs. Phew.
Researchers analyzed 69 studies conducted between 1960 and 2010 and found that in some cases, kids actually even benefited from having a working mom -- for example, in low-income homes where mom’s income resulted in less stress and more prospects for the child.
Of course, the findings aren’t all feel-good: The authors did note that going back to work full-time in a child’s first year was associated with slightly lower educational test scores, but working during years two and three “appeared to be advantageous for children’s achievement.”
Will this news settle the WM/SAHM debate once and for all? Not a chance. But for any mom who brings home a paycheck, it’s a nice bonus.
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