Being a working mother rarely makes you feel more productive \u2014 it makes you feel frazzled and exhausted, greatly increases your chances of having food stains on your clothes, and often leaves you feeling guilty for not being able to dedicate enough time to either parenthood or work. Contrary to how it might feel, having children might actually make a mom more productive. A paper released by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis looked at the publishing output of nearly 10,000 academic economists with and without children. On average, over a 30-year career, women with at least two children were more productive than mothers of one child, and women with one child were more productive than women with none. The same held true for fathers. Which left us wondering if the secret to getting more work done could be having 10 children! Put your heart back in your chest. As suspected, there is a point of diminishing returns.