Working Mom vs. Stay-At-Home Mom: What’s Best for Kids?

Some mothers may choose to stay at home and adopt the traditional homemaker role. Others might prefer to work outside home, living life to its full potential. When choosing between staying at home and working outside, mothers tend to analyze what’s best for their children. There can be both negative and positive effects of working mothers on their children. While working moms can teach their children some invaluable life skills, they can also make the child feel neglected at times.

Positive Impact on kids

A stay at home mom who is unhappy with her life cannot be a positive influence in her kids’ lives. A working mother with some sense of accomplishment and satisfaction can serve as a good role model for her kids. Children can get inspired to pursue their dreams and ambition. Moms who effectively manage work and family can instill good work ethic into their kids. They could especially help their daughters break stereotypes and work for whatever they wish to accomplish in life.

Working mothers have to manage a plethora of activities. They encourage their kids to take responsibility. With both parents working, each family member has to play a more active role. Kids learn skills that they would not learn otherwise. Raising independent children prepares them for the real world and inculcates in them sense of responsibility.


read the entire article here:  http://www.secureteen.com/working-mom/working-mom-vs-stay-at-home-mom-what%E2%80%99s-best-for-kids/

Working Mothers: Cognitive and Behavioral Effects on Children

Throughout history women have been regarded as the weaker gender, both physically and intellectually. As a result women’s roles tended to center around the home and raising children. Over time women have gradually entered the workforce and have gained increasingly prestigious positions. With more women currently in the workforce than ever before, fewer children are being raised by stay-at-home mothers and more are spending prolonged hours at childcare facilities. This exploratory study analyzed the cognitive and behavioral effects on children, in small Midwestern communities, that result from having mothers in the workforce during children’s early developmental years.


Seventy-one percent of American mothers with children under the age of eighteen are in the labor force, meaning that they are either employed or are seeking employment (Health Resources and Services Administration, 2007). Not only are more mothers entering the workforce than ever before, but mothers are working longer hours. More hours spent on the job means fewer hours spent with children. This may lead to several cognitive and behavioral implications for children.


Children with working mothers are usually placed in group childcare, which results in them receiving less one-on-one attention and instruction. This may have significant cognitive effects later in childhood. Behavioral effects may also arise. A longitudinal study completed in 2001 found significant cognitive differences between children who had working mothers and children who had stay-at-home mothers. The study examined the effect of maternal employment early in a child’s life on the child’s behavioral and cognitive outcomes during elementary school.


read the entire study here:  http://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/jur/2010/upload/Working-Mothers-Cognitive-and-Behavorial-Effects-on-Chidren.pdf

How Do Kids Fare When Both Parents Work

When both parents work, some children feel neglected. No matter how hectic your life becomes, you need to set aside time each day for your youngsters. Let them know just how important they are to you, not only through words or gifts but through a commitment of time. Two-parent working families may have more money, but material things and access to costly activities are no substitute for a parent’s time.


read the entire article here:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/How-do-the-Kids-Fare-When-Both-Parents-Work.aspx

Failing Students, not Failing Schools

Failing students, not failing schools are the problem…


Until we embrace this seemingly obvious fact, we will never find a real solution to our public education problem. We will continue to play a mostly futile game of catch-up. It’s quite simple (though not the least bit easy), if we fix the students, we fix much of what is wrong with our public education system.

Obviously, parents are responsible for the early experiences that do or do not prepare their children for school.


read the entire article at:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201004/education-failing-students-not-failing-schools



After School Programs Fail to Deliver

Disappointing academic results have led to closer scrutiny of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the nation’s largest federally funded after-school program. The report, When Schools Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, First Year Findings, 2003, is described as one of the most comprehensive studies of after-school care ever conducted.

The First Year Findings report was prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for the U.S. Department of Education. The report gathered data on more than 5,000 elementary- and middle-school students, in 96 after-school programs. The authors say that “[t]he study was designed to examine the characteristics and outcomes of typical programs,” without any attempt to select a “best” program from the group.

The Community Learning Centers were funded by Congress to boost academic achievement. A variety of academic and cultural enrichment activities have been part of the center’s approach. But the Mathematica study shows that the programs don’t generate academic gains.


read the entire article here:  https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/after-school-program-fails-to-deliver/

After School Programs Ineffective

After-school programs do little to help kids academically and may even encourage bad behavior, according to a new federal study.

The comprehensive study examined 96 after-school programs and more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students. Among the findings:

  • Reading test scores, grades and completion of homework were no better among students in after-school programs than similar students who stayed away.
  • After-school programs did nothing to decrease the number of “latchkey children,” home alone after school, but did decrease the number left in the care of older siblings.
  • Students in after-school programs did not report feeling safer than their peers, and were more likely to have sold or smoked marijuana than students not in programs.

Most students who used the programs attended less than twice a week.

read the entire article at:  http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=5601