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How Being a Parent Made Me More Productive (A Decade Later)

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Stephanie Vozza writes about her experience as a working mom and how “new research shows that being an organized, efficient parent makes you a better employee, too, after you get through the toddler year.”

As a mom of two teenagers, I put up with eye rolls, heavy sighs, loud music, and limited hot water for my shower, but it turns out my status has me winning when it comes to getting work done.

According to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that measured the output of nearly 10,000 academic economists, participants who were mothers of two or more children age 12 or older were more productive than mothers of only children and women without children. Fathers in the study scored high, too; those with two or more kids age 12+ were also more productive than fathers of one child as well as their childless counterparts.

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