Working moms and stay-at-home moms both make great parents. There has been a long-standing debate over which choice is best for the children. Women who have chosen to stay home to raise their children often are treated with a look of disgust from working moms and vice-versa. The truth is, both types of mothers are doing what they think is best for their family. Here are some comparisons between the two:
Working Moms- A working mother can provide more things for the children. This includes helping with food, shelter and other necessities in life. This also means that parents don’t have to struggle quite as much as they would have to in order to meet the bills.
Stay-at-home Moms- The money is a little tighter when a mother stays home with the children. Sacrifices often have to be made in order for the family to survive. Children will suffer a little more when it comes to the monetary issue. They may not be able to have everything they want. As long as the parents can provide what they need, that is all that is important in the end.
Working Moms- Working moms are great role models for their children. It teaches them that you have to work for a living. It also teaches them that “a woman’s place is in the home” is not a standard. Teaching our daughters that it is okay to have a career can’t be a bad thing. It shows them financial responsibility as well.
Stay-at-home Moms- These moms teach their children that nothing is more important than family. They teach their children that taking care of the home is an important job as well. Stay-at-home moms teach their children about good parenting skills.
Working Moms- It’s a little harder for a working mother to spend time with her children. It isn’t impossible though. Many working moms have jobs that allow them to take time off for children’s school activities and such. These moms will make time for the children in the evenings when they get home. They are often more aware of the need to make “special time” for their children.
Stay-at-home Moms- These mothers spend a great deal of time with the children. They have nothing but time to do just that. After the housework is done she can sit with her children and read. They aren’t stressed out from a day at the office so her focus can go directly to the children rather than needing to “unwind” first.
Working Moms- Working moms have to sacrifice some things in order to have their career. This means less time with the family. They often miss milestones that are important to them such as the baby speaking his/her first words.
Stay-at-home Moms- These mothers sacrifice a life outside of the home. They hear children screaming all day and can get frazzled on days that the children simply won’t do what they are supposed to do. Adult conversation can become a thing of the past. Money is a little tighter as well.
Knowledge of Children’s Whereabouts
Working Moms- Working moms go to great lengths to know where their children are. They have constant phone communications with the babysitter and/or child. This is especially important when the children are old enough to be left on their own. It is a little harder to keep track of the children when you work, but it is not impossible.
Stay-at-home Moms- These moms know where their children are at all times. The children are less likely to get in trouble with the watchful eye of a mother that can show up at any given time. A stay-at-home mom becomes very creative in ways to keep their children busy enough to keep them out of trouble.
There are many ways in which you could debate whether it is better for a mother to stay at home with their children or go out to work. Both types of mothers sacrifice for their families. Both mothers can spend time with the kids. Both mothers can be good parents. There shouldn’t be a debate over the issue because both parents are capable of loving and nurturing their children. It’s all a matter of personal choice within a family unit.