I've tried pretty much every permutation of the working vs stay-at-home motherhood 'debate'. I've been a full-time mum bringing nary a penny into the household coffers, and I've also worked so hard on building my own business that I've barely glanced in the direction of my sprogs, never mind had a second spare to properly parent them.
But interestingly, in over a decade of trying both life as a stay-at-time mum and full-time working motherhood, I'm still a bit conflicted about which suits me best.
So I was a little surprised to read about research by the Yorkshire Building Society which suggests that full-time mums are happier than us working mothers.
Now I'm not about to go pitting y'all against each other in a 'who's got the best deal' forum but I do wonder if the lives of Playpennies parents bear out this data.
So without resorting to scrapping over this, can we conduct a little experiment to see whether full-
time mums are truly happier than working mums? Or, as I suspect might be the case, is it in fact true that there's no one-size-fits-all arrangement when it comes to having kids and earning a living, and that consequently different things make different mothers happy.
Now I can only speak for myself, of course, but I wasn't really cut out for full-time motherhood and I definitely didn't consider myself happier then (when I was a stay-at-home mum) than I do now that I get to fit a freelance career around caring for my kids. I feel like a have a peachy deal right now but it's a mix of both full-time parenthood and being a working mum. It brings its stresses and strains, of course, but it means I'm able to be at my kids' sports days and assemblies at the drop of a hat without having to ask anyone for time off, yet I'm also getting to use my grey matter and avoiding the soul-numbing boredom which I found set in when I was at home with the kids full-time.
But what about you? If you're a working mother would you agree with this data which suggests you'd be happier if you didn't have to work? And if you're a full-time mummy, do you think it's true that you've got things made - or do you ever dream of having an income of your own?
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