by Brittany Lyte / August 3, 2015

Working full-time while raising a family can be taxing. According to Families and Work Institute’s National Study of the Changing Workforce, 67% of employed parents say they don’t have enough time with their kids and 63% of married workers say they don’t have enough time with their spouse.

But don’t go choosing between career and family just yet. The data suggests you really can have it all. And, in fact, one can very well complement the other.

1. Family Boosts Productivity

Women with more children are more productive at work. Chalk it up to all that supermom multitasking, such as firing off emails while breastfeeding and baking a casserole for lunch. At any rate, mothers with at least two kids are most productive of all, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which found that over the course of a 30-year career, mothers outperform women without children. The correlation between number of children and on-the-job productivity is true for men, too. But it’s even more pronounced in women. Sarah Palin, a mother of five who was the ninth governor of Alaska until she became and the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election, is a great example.

Author Anne-Marie Slaughter puts it this way: “Believe it or not, we will actually be better and happier workers if we are allowed to be better parents.”


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