According to arecent study from the University of London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies, children whose mothers work during their early years do as well at school as those with stay-at-home moms. The analysis looked at six studies covering 40,000 children over the last 40 years and found no link between mothers who continued working and children achieving less at school or misbehaving.

"There has traditionally been a concern that the employment of mothers comes at the expense of child development," said the study's author, Heather Joshi, a professor of economic and developmental demography at University of London's Institute of Education. "But as the percentage of mothers in work has gone up, any impact on children has diminished."

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