Stay-at-home mum criticises new study suggesting children of working mums develop faster

'Children need emotional stability, we shouldn't stigmatise home love', says stay at home mum

The study claims those with stay at home mums develop less

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A stay-at-home mum has criticised a new study showing the children of working parents develop faster, suggesting we need to be wary of stigmatising home love.

The study, conducted by the London School of Economics and Oxford University, found that children of stay-at-home mums develop less social and everyday skills than those whose parents go to work.

But mother-of-five Caroline Farrow, an author and broadcaster, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the study "doesn’t mention emotional development or emotional stability," and she'd be "wary about stigmatising maternal love or home love and saying professionals are better."

She believes "people can get stuck in a trap" working long hours, but you need to do "everything in moderation." She added: "Clearly there is no good being a stay-at-home mum if you’re going to put your children in front of the TV."

Listen to the full interview to find out more