Working vs. Stay-at-home Moms: Who's happier?

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A new study claims working mothers are healthier and happier than stay-at-home moms.

A study by the Journal of Family Psychology found that working mothers reported better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms.

Jennifer Nyz-Conner is a columnist for the Washington Business Journal and a mom to 4-year-old Alexander and 4-month-old Zachary.

She works for two main reasons: To make sure her family has what they need to live and for her own fulfillment.

"You get something from a different part of your brain, that you don't use as a mother," Nyz-Conner said. "I love being a mother, but I also love being a journalist."

Victoria Sevik used to work full-time as a lawyer lobbyist in Washington before her two children, Cole and Lauren. She now has a third on the way.

She said she doesn't miss having a job.

"I think it's a question of what do you enjoy," Sevik said.

But there is one thing most women share, no matter what path they choose.

"Mommy guilt," Nyz-Conner said. "That comes with it both ways. And there's always that battle between working moms and stay-at-home moms of the grass is always greener on the other side."

The study also found that mothers working part-time have better work-life balance than full-time working mothers as they are able to be more involved with their childrens' activities.



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