Working Mothers

Do you think that women can have it all?

Tamara El-Rahi | 10 July 2014
I say "yes", just maybe not at the same time.

Homemakers are happier

Nicole M. King | 05 March 2014
It's not a popular view, but Biden's right: homemakers are happier than their full-time working counterparts.

Global family values and Spanish schizophrenia

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 March 2013
The World Family Map -- a final report, in which we find that 80 percent of adults in Spain support the idea of a woman deciding to have a child on her own, while 78 percent think a child is happiest with a mother and a father. Go figure.

Swedish working mothers not so happy after all

| 29 October 2012
Why is the mental health of working Swedish women among the worst in the developed world?

How do American moms feel about working outside the home?

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 September 2012
A survey of 1000 women by Forbes found that working moms are, in general, “an unhappy lot”.

Working moms spend less time on kids’ diet and excerise

Mariette Ulrich | 14 September 2012
Moms who are employed full-time outside the home simply have less time for everything outside of working hours. It’s a logistical reality, not a moral judgment.

Between kids and work, no “me time” say UK mums

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 March 2011
Today’s mothers don’t have much time to themselves, despite labour-saving home appliances, according to a UK survey. This seems to be because they have to be “perfect mothers” as well as go out to work.

Are tots really OK when mum goes back to work?

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 November 2010
One of the most studied aspects of childhood in recent decades is early, non-maternal childcare. Research tends to show benefits for a child’s cognitive development but not for emotional wellbeing and behaviour. Now a study has found that youngsters are less likely to succeed at school if their mothers return to work within a year of their birth.

New childcare research: beware the fine print

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 August 2010
Here is something else from Canada: commentary by Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Marriage and Family on recent childcare research which purports to show no negative overall effects of mothers working outside the home during the first year of life.

Musical mom has kids and career

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 July 2010
A reader in Canada has alerted me to a really great article -- a profile of a musical mother who is keeping up her career but not letting it get in the way of having a family. Child number four is on the way and won’t be the last if she and her husband have their way.

More women work, but what about the family?

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 January 2010
In an essay headed “Female power” The Economist has celebrated “one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past 50 years” -- that is, “millions of people who were once dependent on men have taken control of their own economic fates”. In other words, women have gone out to work and stayed there.

Working mums have less healthy kids

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 September 2009
Last night on New Zealand television the British female lead of the live show Mamma Mia! joked about how she went to work to get away from her four young children -- a firstborn plus triplets who are on tour with her. Great for her, but how are the kids doing?

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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