x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Happy mums

Working mothers, contrary to perceived wisdom, have the best of both worlds.

Make breakfast. Get the kids ready. Drop them off at school before heading off to work. Get back home to prepare dinner. And, at the end of a long, tiring day, put the children to bed. The life of a working mother is no bed of roses.

It is, however, fulfilling.

US researchers have revealed that, contrary to perceived wisdom, working mums who have to juggle a career and raise their children at the same time are happier than their stay-at-home counterparts. Somewhat reasonably, the study, in the December issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, also showed that part-time mothers are the happiest of the three groups.

The study found that nonworking mothers registered higher degrees of depression than the other two categories. Mothers with part-time jobs, meanwhile, seemed to strike the perfect balance between caring for their children and enjoying the self-worth that a career offers.

The news will encourage new mothers; many have in the past accepted, for cultural reasons, that their place is in the home. Under UAE law, part-time jobs are allowed, though not enough people take advantage.

More and more women are enrolling in higher education in the UAE. A transition into the workforce is therefore the next logical step. Especially if the reward to self, and family, is a happier home.