With all the women who work at home and outside the home these days, many wonder what affect does it have on marriages. This article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal asks are marriages where moms are busy working a lot, happier than those who do not work so much? Find out if women are really happy when they have to shoulder the burden of the home, children and work.
“Working moms tend to be happier with their marriages when they are shouldering heavy workloads on the job, says a four-year study of 169 couples published recently in the Journal of Family Psychology. One reason may be that when working moms’ workloads increase, their husbands tend to help out more at home, researchers suggest.”
“This “may liberate wives from some of the burdens of juggling the two worlds of work and family life, increasing their satisfaction with the marriage,” says the study by researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the University of California, Los Angeles. Other studies also have shown that husbands who do more housework tend to have sex more often with their wives.”
“For many people in general, “working hard can be energizing and can complement one’s role as a spouse,” says the latest study. Affirming this “work hard, play hard” approach to life, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have found some people are energized by juggling a lot of roles. We have posted before on how the juggle energizes some people, but drains others.”
I know working moms who do feel stronger and more in control when they are busy with a job where they feel valued. When they are out of the house more the husband and children often realize how much more they appreciate the mom. When fathers are away from home it often causes stress and anxiety for mom and the kids. The more dad is around the house the happier the family is.