NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Patricia Canavan was a stay-at-home mom for six months, but it didn't last.
"I found it somewhat isolating being at home initially, and that was challenging," said Canavan.
Canavan's feelings of loneliness might be more common than we think.
A new study out in the Journal of Family Psychology this month shows working women are happier and healthier than stay-at-home moms.
Canavan now works full time alongside many other working moms, like Christine Phillips, Executive Vice President of Operations at United Personnel, and is able to balance the work/family life very well.
"I love being a mom, but at the same time I had a profession before I had my two children, so coming back to work was really important to me," said Phillips.
Researchers find that part time work appears to be most beneficial for not only moms but for families as a whole.
They say it would be good for employers to have part time opportunities for mothers who want to work.
Both moms say they have friends who stay at home, who are not only happy, but very active in their communities.
And they say it's important to do what feels right for you.