Working Part-Time Offers the Best of Both Worlds

It’s an age-old argument, whether it’s better to be a working mom or a stay-at-home mom. While we may never come to a final agreement, there is another type of mother in the mix that often gets left out of the conflict…it’s the part-time working mother.

I read an article from “Medline Plus” that mentioned new research finding that mothers who work part-time do a better job at balancing their careers and nurturing their children.

Specifically this study found that mothers who work part-time were more involved in their children’s school, more sensitive with their preschool children and provide more learning opportunities for their toddlers.

For a few years I worked part-time as a preschool teacher. I really did have the best of both worlds. I was able to drive my children to school, go to my job and when my work day was done, go pick my children up.

Part-time work is not only good for mothers but it’s cost-friendly to employers. They usually
don’t provide benefits or if they do, it’s a lower cost than for full-time employees.

Not everyone can afford part-time work. Some mothers are in a situation where they don’t have a choice but to work full-time. But I think if it is at all possible, it would be the most ideal situation.

Stay-at-home moms sometimes complain that they don’t feel fulfilled, whereas part-time work can help with that. Full-time working moms sometimes complain they don’t get quality time with their children, whereas part-time work allows for that.

I’ve pretty much done it all. Even though I wouldn’t trade the time I spent as a stay-at-home mom, I can say that the best scenario (besides what I have now which is working from home), is when I worked part-time. I felt less guilty as a mom and more fulfilled.

What do you think is the best scenario?

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Stephanie Romero is a professional blogger for Families and full-time web content writer. She is the author and instructor of an online course, "Recovery from Abuse," which is currently being used in a prison as part of a character-based program. She has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage children who live at home and one who is serving in the Air Force.