It might seem hard to believe, when you’re in the fog of new motherhood, and every waking moment is devoted to feeding this tiny baby and rocking her to sleep. It might seem hard to believe, when you have a runny-nosed toddler clutching at your legs, wailing if you try to walk away from him.
But becoming a parent makes you more productive at work. It’s a fact.
The Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis did a study involving 10,000 economists. It looked at research they’d had published in journals, and cross-referenced that with the number of children they had and when they’d had them.
What the study found was that female economists, understandably, had a dip in productivity when their children were young. But it was only temporary. Once the children reached their teens, these women were more productive than childless women their age.
Despite all the extra demands on their time outside of work, they were getting more done than their co-workers.