Drop the guilt: How your job is helping your kids

If you’re feeling guilty, again, about going to work and not hanging out with your kids, consider this: you’re likely guaranteeing that they’ll earn more (if they’re girls) and that they’ll contribute more to taking care of home and family (if they’re boys).

That’s the conclusion of a working paper from researchers at Harvard Business School, who found that kids benefit from having a working mom. The findings hold true across 24 countries.

"There are very few things, that we know of, that have such a clear effect on gender inequality as being raised by a working mother," said business administration professor Kathleen L. McGinn, who conducted the study with Mayra Ruiz Castro, a researcher at HBS, and Elizabeth Long Lingo, an embedded practitioner at Mt. Holyoke College.

“In other words, the adult children of mothers who held jobs when they were little kids are likely to grow up as adults who are somewhat less gender-conforming. Their daughters ‘lean in’ more in the labor market, and their sons ‘lean in’ more at home,” says an article about the study in Vox.

Now, we just have to give ourselves permission to drop the guilt trip.

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