If you could compare them, whose kids...

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:03am

If you could compare them, whose kids do you feel are better off (academically):



  • kids of stay-at-home moms
  • kids of working moms
  • no difference


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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:05am

A new report shows there is a “mild cognitive lag” when moms work during the first year of their baby’s life. Do you think that’s reason enough for moms to stay at home? (The study goes on to point out that the other benefits of working moms tends to offset any lag.


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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:39am

So put another way, there is supposedly a measurable cognitive advantage to having a SAHM the first year. I wonder what kind and how great. It also makes me wonder if kids with 2 SAH parents would be super advanced somehow. Then there is the old study about how breast feeding adds an average 8 IQ points. So maybe the breast-fed kid of a WOHM would be still be ahead of the bottle-fed kid of a SAHM.

Of course, in most civilized countries, it is possible to get a year's parental leave after the birth of each child, so in those countries this study would be irrelevant.


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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:39am
Heck no, that's not a reason to stay home. A "mild cognitive lag" in no way implies permanence, first of all, and what is mild? If my kids experienced that with my going back to work before they were a year old (my oldest was 3 months old and my youngest was 3 weeks old), then you could have fooled me. Both are doing quite well, cognitively.

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:44am
Ah yes, you say that, but just think what kind of geniuses they COULD have been if you had stayed home to stimulate their synapses instead of grubbing around for mere mammon!

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:47am

You know, I hate these kinds of reports. When you take the time to go to the original study behind the news reports, they usually state the opposite or are neutral. Besides even if that's true, I don't need a kid smarter than he already is. I'm beginning to think that I shouldn't have breastfed him at all and made him sleep in his own bed in another room instead of nursing and co-sleeping past the age of 2. Having a gifted kid is way overrated. And, ime, it has not been demonstrated to be true anyway. I have 2 children who were in daycare their first year and 2 who were not. It's the 2 that were in daycare that are the smartest in terms of academics.

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 12:00pm
Ah hah, but in my house, mere mammon is KING. ;-)

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 12:05pm
All bow down, synapses are overrated anyway. ;)

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 12:05pm

i have a friend whose DS actually has a lag in cognetive development, he's two and a half and ECI tested him, the results came back inconclusive.

 

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 1:01pm

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 1:37pm

There are plenty of studies that say if you do "X" then you get smarter children. However, it is the same IQ points that are in play. It is not cumulative. You don't get 8 point for breast feeding plus 5 points for listening to Mozart plus 5 points for reading to your child daily plus 5 points for staying at home the first year plus 5 points for limiting tv.........

Unfortunately, it can be (somewhat) cumulative for doing things that cause harm- like drinking and smoking.

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