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Many women today are facing choices that their mothers never had to face One of thesechoices is whether or not to go back to work after having a child This was practicallyunheard of in the 1950s In the 1990s it is not whether the mother will orwill not go back to work rather a question of when When did the choice become set instone Why do the mothers of today have to work outside the home versus working in thehome much like their mothers didWhen one thinks of the subject of working mothers many differing opinions come to mindWhat will happen to the child will the mother have sufficient time to bond with the babyhow will household chores be divided and so on When thinking of working women twomodels come to mind One of which is paid employment that has a protective and beneficialmediating effect Employment protects women against certain negative aspects of beingfull-time homemakers and mothers such as monotonous housework dependence on the malepartner for financial and emotional support increases self-esteem because they arecontributing to the world they live in These women receive a renewed interest in lifebecause they are in the thick of it They are living life to the fullest This model isthe one that is constantly referred to as bad because it paints the woman assomeone who does not really care about the effect of working will have on the baby Infact most of these mothers have made this choice with painstaking care They areconstantly feeling what everyone is thinking and this in turn causes undue stress onthese mothers The other model of the working mom is the one most people think of when discussing workingmothers This model is one of a woman having too many demands of her --housewife motherand paid employee - which may lead to role strain due to fatigue and role overload Thecompeting demands of such roles may also lead to conflict and psychological stress Bothof these
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