Can Enrolling Kids In Day Care Keep Moms Happier?

Tuesday - July 22, 2014

Early child care benefits moms by allowing them to return to work, which ultimately improves their mood. Additionally, Time magazine reports that moms who enroll their children in day care are also likely to be a more involved parent -- especially as kids

Having a baby is, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting events in a woman's life. Nevertheless, becoming a parent also drastically changes everything about that life, and when coupled with the hormonal surges that accompany many women's post-partum period, the first year or so of parenthood can be a rough one. Not many new moms would admit it, but going back to work after maternity leave can come as a real relief.  However, it's not just the stressed-out and sleep-deprived parents who reap the rewards of early child care; the kids themselves actually benefit, as well.


Kids Reap Benefit of Daycare 30 Years Later
"Graduates of high-quality child care had more years of education and were four times more likely to have earned college degrees than members of a control group — 23% compared to 6%," The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) explains. "They also were more likely to have held a job and to put off childbearing at least two years beyond the control group, while being less likely to have used public assistance." In short, day care activities help children develop social, emotional, and ultimately even economic skills. On average, kids who attend preschool generally grow up healthier and wealthier than peers who did not attend public or private child care.


Quality, Early Child Care Equals Less Stressed Moms!
"Stay-at-home moms are more likely to be sad, angry and be diagnosed with depression than working moms," according to Fox News. Early child care benefits moms by allowing them to return to work, which ultimately improves their mood. Additionally, Time magazine reports that moms who enroll their children in day care are also likely to be a more involved parent -- especially as kids age. Moms using day care go on to attend more PTA meetings and communicate with teachers in elementary, middle, and high school than moms who stay at home with their children.


Can day care have lasting benefits? Experts think so, and these benefits are not for kids only -- moms are also likely to be significantly happier and healthier!

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