Being a parent is not easy, but a new study suggests that working moms are much happier and healthier than those who stay at home full-time.
The Journal of Family Psychology analyzed data that looked at the mental and physical health of over a thousand moms, over a 10-year period; some were stay-at-home moms, others worked full- or part-time.
Researchers found that moms who worked felt better than those who stayed at home with their kids. Employed moms reported better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression. One former stay-at-home mom said there may be something to that study.
"The emphasis on a lot of the very daily mundane tasks associated with taking care of a baby. I mean, it's wonderful, but there is a lot of very mundane stuff that you have to do,” said Patricia Canavan, a former stay-at-home mom.
However, some working moms said it's important for all mothers to do what feels right for them.
This study was published in the December issue of the Journal of Family Psychology.