Working mothers benefit daughters

The news that talks about the difficulties of women to work and care for their children at the same time are many but, from time to time, there are also studies that They encourage mothers to choose to work outside the home. This is the case with this research carried out at Harvard University, whichsure that the adult daughters of working mothers tend to have better jobs.

According to the study, the daughters of mothers who have been workers outside the home they have better careers, higher salaries and more equal relationships with their male partners than those daughters who have grown up with their mothers at home. Something really interesting and that can encourage more mothers They want to work away from home to finally do it.


The research has been based on data from 24 countries, finding that the effect of working mothers on their daughters and their job possibilities is stronger in the English-speaking countries of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Do not abandon your children

"Mothers should not feel that their work means abandoning children", say the authors of the research, which have been directed by Kathleen McGinn. "Working mothers they often internalize the social messages of ruin for their children, "they warn, emphasizing that this does not have to be the case.

Research on working mothers

To convince of the truth of this affirmation, they use the results of this study that has been based on international data collected between 2002 and 2012: the daughters of working mothers had a salary 4% higher than their peers and they held more managerial positions compared to those women who had been raised with their mothers at home.


"These findings suggest that, in addition to the transmission of gender attitudes across generations, the employment of mothers teaches their daughters a set of skills that allow greater participation in the workforce and leadership positions, "the researchers say.

However, just as there has been a Clear relationship between working mothers and their daughtersThis has been totally different in the case of the children of working mothers, who, according to the study, tend to "spend more time in the care of family members than the adult children of mothers who were at home".

In conclusion, researchers say that mothers around the world "they are entering more and more into the world of paid work, but the parallel increase in men's contributions to unpaid work in households lags behind, "something that occurs because these responsibilities have been" rooted in women, "which, according to this paper," limits their options. " in the public sphere. "


Share tasks at home

This again highlights the fact that it is essential that all family members share household chores. In this regard, the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) has a report in which it evaluates which are the countries in which men collaborate most in this kind of affairs.

The men who have learned the lesson best and, therefore, are more collaborative at home are the Slovenians, with an average of 114 minutes per day dedicated to this work. On the opposite side are the Indians, with an average of 19 minutes. Within the OECD, the least are the Turks and the North Koreans.

On the other hand, Spain occupies the 16th position of the ranking of the 29 countries evaluated. According to the report, Spaniards add an average of 76 minutes to household chores, while Spaniards spend 127 minutes a day in these chores.

Keys to conciliate

Ok, work and have children is good but not much less difficult. The reconciliation between family and work is so difficult for mothers as well as for parents, who in most cases find themselves without time to enjoy with their children. These are las 7 keys to reconcile, which you can read more in this link.

1. Plan

2. Prioritize tasks

3. Do beforehand how important the urgent

4. Ask to help, delegate

5. Give up perfection

6. Eliminate the feeling of guilt

7. Be happy

Angela R. Bonachera

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