Skip Nav
The Royals
15 Times Kate Middleton Was Totally Just a Regular Mom
Pregnancy
You've Probably Never Seen a Baby Born Inside Its Amniotic Sac Before — and It's Breathtaking
Nostalgia
These Are the 15 Movies From the '90s That You Need to Watch With Your Kids

Happiness of Working Moms vs. Stay-at-Home Moms

Are Working Moms Really Happier Than Stay-at-Home Moms?

Balancing (or choosing between) career and motherhood is a decision (or struggle) that every mom faces. This weekend, Motherlode, The New York Times' parenting blog, took a look at the results of a Gallup poll on the emotional satisfaction of working vs. nonworking mothers. Survey says . . .

Non-employed women with young children at home are more likely than women with young children at home who are employed for pay to report experiencing sadness and anger [for] a lot of the day . . . Stay-at-home moms are also much more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than employed moms. Employed moms are about as emotionally well-off as working women who do not have children at home.

The standout results supporting these findings? Twenty-six percent of stay-at-home moms experience "sadness," versus just 16 percent of working women, and 28 percent of stay-at-home moms report depression, versus 17 percent of their employed counterparts. Other emotional benchmarks, like smiling, laughing, and experiencing enjoyment or happiness, had closer results.

While the pool of women surveyed was of a fairly substantial size (60,000 women responded to Gallup's phone survey), we can't but help but wonder how other factors, like salary, job flexibility, commute time, and spousal support, weighed in.

Do you agree with the study's findings?

Image Source: Thinkstock
Join The Conversation
Most Beautiful Childbirth Photos
Times Kate Middleton Was a Normal Mom
Signs You Have a Strong-Willed Child
'90s Movies to Show Your Kids
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds