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Although it is against the law to ask a woman in an interview if she has children, the subject of motherhood almost inevitably comes up at some point during the time of employment. But, does a woman having children affect her performance in the workplace (be it positively or negatively)?

Many people associate motherhood with an image of a nurturing, compassionate, and doting person who focuses on domesticity (and often coupled with a vision of weakness) rather than external influence. While it’s true that some women choose to maintain authority solely in the home, this is not the case for all mothers. For many women, having children opens the floodgates of their dominance, and they’re motivated to take the authority they hold at home and channel it into their careers.

There have been many studies conducted about whether or not mothers are more distracted in the workplace, if they’re less motivated, and if they’re male counterparts are just more reliable. But others say that mothers are very productive, some saying even more productive, because they cannot play around with time. If they have to pick up their child at a certain hour, their work must be finished at a hard deadline.

In fact, there are many assets to having mothers in the workplace. Mothers are used to dealing with conflict between children, so they’re groomed for these situations when they’re in the office. Additionally, they’re more balanced for stress. Mothers are also less likely to engage any office romances. Furthermore, being in the workplace allows mothers to have a life outside of changing diapers, and enjoy engaging and stimulating conversations. Having both a life at home and a life in the office pushes many mothers to be achieve incredible success in both places because of time management and motivation. And although there are certainly flaws with the statement, the busier you are, the more successful you are, for many mothers the saying does ring true.