There are some suprising things that happen when you drop your child off. Here's what you need to know.
Finally there's news to make working moms feel less guilty about the time they spend away from their children. According to a new study, a kid's development isn't as negatively impacted by a mom working outside the home as we once thought. Sure, children whose moms worked had minor cognitive delays, but when you factor in the positives that they also get, they fared about the same as peers with stay-at-home moms. Those plusses included not only higher income, but also greater "maternal responsiveness." Yup, working moms showed higher sensitivity to their kids' needs -- responding when they fussed or interacting with them as they played with a toy -- than their stay-at-home counterparts. (As for moms who worked part-time, there was virtually no difference between their children and the kids of stay-at-home moms.)
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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.