Working Moms are Healthier & Happier?

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Working Moms are Healthier & Happier?
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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 12:46pm

A recent study found that working moms feel less depressed and overall healthier than stay-at-home moms:

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 1:02pm
I think moms who get a choice, and get to do what they want, are healthier and happier.

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 2:04pm
It wouldn't surprise me that some sah mothers of infants might feel isolated. With the majority of women working these days, it's not like my mother's day when there were sahms and kids all over the neighborhood. Apparently the difference disappeared when the kids started preschool, which makes perfect sense to me because preschool makes it easier to make connections with other sahms and their kids. The study also seems pretty limited because it apparently considers only mothers with only one child. I know a lot of people who thought working with one small child was very doable, but found it much more stressful after they had their second child.
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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 5:19pm

i think it comes down to balance, are these working moms happier at home, too?

 

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 5:28pm
DS has a friend who's an only child, his single mom works very p/t and she's always asking me to pick him up from school for play because he's so lonely at home. no concept of what schedules might look like for my other two, sigh! we watched him until 8:00 last friday night and i didn't even know that she and her her mother went shopping an hour or so away until she was on her way to pick him up, i told my husband i wasn't doing that anymore, Lol!

 

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 6:16pm

I had some unhappiness when I was a sahm, at first with only 1 child.

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 9:13pm
It is hard if you don't have sah friends. I enjoyed sah for the first year with my first child, but in many ways, it felt like an extended vacation to me. I didn't do much to find new friends because I was planning on going back to work. But once I realized that I was going to be sah for a while, I had to find some sah friends or I would have felt isolated. Preschool was a big help because it was a circle of sahms with similarly-aged kids who were also looking for new friends.
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 6:39am

were your moves because of the military and base housing?

staying home in the begining wasn't all i thought it was cracked up to be which is why i returned to WOH when my oldest was 6 mos old, but i wasn't happy at

 

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 7:45am
EGD, I left a question for you in the "I saw this" thread below. If you have any words of wisdom for me, it would be nice to hear from you before tomorow. Thanks for your input.
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 7:56am
and the last time you've taken my advice or words of wisdom is.. please, so i know what i'm playing with here BORD.... thanks in return adn have a great day.

 

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 7:59am
Thanks for replying, EGD. I suspected you through out the comment about the shady tuition deal just to be mean, but I was actually kind of hoping I was wrong. This is one of the few times I am sorry I was right.

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