Should women give up their careers after becoming a mom to be a stay-at-home mommy? There are a lot of things that families need to take in to consideration before making life changing decisions such as these. Financially you have to think about the cost of child care and healthcare. With the economy and Job market like it is today, you have to also think about these things. You have to consider the possibility that your spouse could lose his Job. Currently there is a societal debate on which approach raises a healthier and better adjusted child.
Does working away room home make a more secure and adaptable child? Does staying home form a stronger bond? Does working away from home leave a child to be raised by a daycare provider with different values than your own? Does staying at home compromise social skills and personality? These are the questions that most parent’s face when they are trying to balance raising a happy and healthy family with paying bills and providing adequate food and shelter. However, parent’s and children need to spend some time apart. According to Lois W. Hoffman, a psychologist at the
University of Michigan , and Lies Younger, a psychologist at the university of Colorado, “working moms are more affectionate with their offspring than those who don’t have full-time Jobs. Both the children and the mothers reported more maternal hugs, kisses, and verbal expressions of affectionate. ” Parent’s become less stressed and more effective care-givers when there are periods of separation. Moreover, this allows the children to be less reliant on their parent’s and encourages them to be independent. Today’s women are once again finding themselves and their decisions laced under the microscope.
Ever since women began entering the working force, the debate has been looming over whether working mothers or full-time mothers are better mothers to their children. It is an important issue because it concerns the effects that it might have on these parent’s’ children, which are soon to be the leading generation in the society. I believe that women should not be criticized for deciding to pursue a career , especially, as long as they are able to balance between it and their Job towards their families and children.