According to a new study and reported by BBC News, moms who work are significantly happier than stay-at-home moms. Other interesting findings:
- Having children does not increase the life satisfaction of men (can this be true?)
- Moms (with partners) who work part-time report the highest job satisfaction (yes, part-time is the ideal many moms are after)
- Stay-at-home moms get happier when their kids start school (which might suggest that they their life satisfaction increases when they get more time to do things other than just being a mom)
Is this surprising? We don't think so -- being a mom is an amazing experience, but for many of us, it's part of who we are and not all of who we are. Working - full-time, part-time, from home, from an office, however - allows us to explore those other parts of ourselves, which is a good thing.
What do you think? Are you surprised?