Moms At Work

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jane Waldfogel, professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and visiting professor at the London School of Economics, talks about her research on mothers going back to work and what that means for both the kids at home and the moms on the job.


Jane Waldfogel

Comments [13]

Yan from Upper West Side

How is it even remotely possible to isolate the "mom-going-back-to-work" effect on the kids' development? A good example of how data can prove anything and nothing at all.

Aug. 17 2010 11:57 AM
Barbara Mehlman from Great Neck

You really nailed the interview with Prof. Waldfogel. Your questions were so penetrating, and you followed up with questions when she was vague or unclear. You also addressed what was implied or hinted at but unsaid. Clearly you do your homework. I'm really impressed.

Aug. 17 2010 11:44 AM
Debbie from Manhattan

My sister has gone back to work, but our mother is taking care of my nephew full time.

I assume that a grandparent is equivalent to a parent as far as childcare goes. Is this correct?

Aug. 17 2010 11:44 AM
John Lobell from New York

Hey, is this representative of contemporary social science -- you assign whatever values you want to different behaviors, and then present a study that is perhaps meant to influence social policy?

Aug. 17 2010 11:42 AM
The Truth from Becky

Mother's go back to work if you have someone trustworthy to take care of your child for 8 hours and stop making it a big deal.

Wonder if Jeffrey Dahmer's mother was a stay home mom?

Aug. 17 2010 11:41 AM

If you don't include stay-at-home dads in the samples, the study is incomplete. Unfortunately, these kinds of partial results are a disservice to ALL women.

Aug. 17 2010 11:41 AM
Deborah from brooklyn

Virtually no people of color (blacks or hispanics) in the survey????

This sampling seems extremely limited.

Aug. 17 2010 11:41 AM
The Truth from Becky

That insane giggling is why they don't take us seriously!!

Aug. 17 2010 11:40 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

First, children doing better as compared to what? What mothers and children were studied -- college educated, middle class, on welfare? Is the assumption that all mothers who stay at home are giving their children substantial enrichment? How many kids were left in front of the TV while Mom did something else? So the conclusion is, don't listen to any studies until the rebuttal has come out.

Aug. 17 2010 11:39 AM

Good question from Mr. Lehrer regarding fathers, etc.

What were the sample sizes?

Aug. 17 2010 11:38 AM

How about factors like having a working mom but living with a large family (grandparents, aunts, uncles)? Does this off set any delay too?

Aug. 17 2010 11:37 AM

So making more money makes a woman a better mom?! Is that really what these 'researchers' want people to conclude?

The demonization of lack of wealth has become a full-fledged religion in the US.

Aug. 17 2010 11:34 AM

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