I’d like to think they don’t. My sister has always been a full-time, working mom and she’s very close with both of her kids.
But according to a post on Celebrity Baby Blog, actress Alex Kingston credits her full-time acting career with getting in the way of her building a strong bond with her daughter, Salome, during her young, impressionable years. Kingston’s husband, Florian, stayed home with Salome while Kingston worked on the set of ER.
Admittedly, I originally quit my job one month before my first child was born to stay home and bond with her. I couldn’t bear the thought of handing over her early care to someone else. But I was lucky to be able to do so.
Many families, many moms, don’t have that choice. Their contribution to the family income is necessary and they don’t have the luxury to be able to stay at home with their children.
Other moms (and dads) find that they want to have both work and family in their lives and don’t see working outside of the home as a detriment to their connection with their kids.
What do you think? Does working full-time, away from home hurt a parent’s bond with their sons and/or daughters? Do stay-at-home moms and parents inherently have stronger relationships with their kids?