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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Recognizing Limits to Supermom

From the American Sociological Association:

Working moms have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts, but buying into the supermom myth could put working mothers at greater risk for depression, suggests new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The study shows that working mothers who expressed a supermom attitude that work and home lives can be blended with relative ease showed higher levels of depression symptoms than working moms who expected that they would have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance.

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The supermom standard is just too high - very unrealistic. Whenever a woman sets the bar so unrealistically high, she is setting herself up for failure in every aspect of her life, including her mental and emotional well-being.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Nov 10, 2011 3:22:08 PM

I believe that in most instances, women work harder than men, whether they stay at home or work outside the home. I think many women have a hard time giving up many of the things that they see as essential to raising kids and maintaining a home. If women give up some of these things so they don't over work themselves, this will likely result in marital problems between the husband and wife. Although I do not think anyone should have to feel as though they should meet a super-parent standard, lowering standards is not necessarily going to make for a better living situation. It will likely replace one problem with another.

Posted by: Kirsten | Nov 12, 2011 9:04:14 AM

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