To Latinas, family is everything, and the love we feel for our familia only intensifies when it comes to the love we have for our children. This should come as no surprise. But did you know that we typically spend more time with our youngsters? The Census reports that Latinas are more likely to be stay-at-home moms than any other group—and this extra time in the home can certainly have its benefits. Here are 8 reasons it pays to be a stay-at-home mom:
1. Better Behavior
Children raised by stay-at-home mothers may experience fewer behavioral issues. According to multiple studies, including those conducted by the National Institute’s Study of Early Childhood Development, kids who are with their mothers full-time may know a more stable, more supportive environment. Whatever your situation, it’s difficult to argue with the power of a mother’s love.
2. Healthier Diets
With the widespread concern about childhood obesity, there are dozens of programs dedicated to helping kids make healthier choices. The truth, though, is that healthy habits start in the home. Some studies argue that stay-at-home moms rely less on greasy take-out and microwavable snacks because they have more time to prepare healthier, homemade meals.
3. Organized Activities
Speaking of being healthier, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reported that kids with stay-at-home mothers are more likely to participate in organized sports. These moms typically have more time to devote to making sure their children arrive on-time ready to exercise and release energy.
4. More Memory, Less Stress
More memory, less stress
Research reveals that mothers who provide their children with steadfast support from an early age may also be giving them better memory and stress responses. Scans have shown a physical relationship between a mother’s nurturing and the size of a kid’s hippocampus—the region of the brain that deals with memory and reactions to stress. So the next time your child has a temper tantrum in the middle of the supermarket remember: The bigger the love, the bigger brain!
5. Enhanced Hygiene
If you have any experience with children, you know that cleanliness is not their top priority. Kids of stay-at-home moms are usually exposed to fewer viruses, so they spend less time sick in bed. Because germ-free is the way to be!
6. Stimulated Study Habits
Stimulated study habits
Developing positive study habits sets a solid foundation upon which kids can build their future—and having a stay-at-home mom might be just what the teacher ordered. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development asserts that school-age children with non-working mothers cultivate better study skills than their peers.
7. Reduced Risk
Have you ever regretted things that you did in your teen years? We think it’s safe to say that most of us have. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development also suggests that the benefits of having a stay-at-home mom don’t only affect the little ones. Teens with ever-present mothers may be less impulsive and have been shown to take fewer risks.
8. Improved IQ
Stay-at-home moms have the upper hand when getting their kids ahead of the learning curve. Children whose mothers don’t go back to work until they’ve started school may develop more quickly, raising their test scores in the areas of both math and reading. Can you say college scholarships, anyone?