A new study from the U.K. says this could be a common problem among working mothers. It reports children of working moms watch more TV, eat more unhealthy foods, and are more sedentary than kids with stay-at-home moms!
The study surveyed more than 12,000 moms of five-year-olds. Children whose moms worked either full or part-time spent over two hours a day watching TV or at the computer on average, ate more unhealthy snacks (like chips), and were more likely to drink sugary beverages between meals. If the children had a stay-at-home mom, they watched less television and, on the whole, ate less unhealthy foods.
Is that true here in the U.S.? Could the fact that I’m a working mother negatively affect Ryan and Adam’s health? The study thinks so. But what do you think?
We’re working on a story with ABC News about this new study. Whether you agree with the research or think it’s totally off-base, we want to hear from you! Post a comment telling us if you’re a working parent and how you keep your children healthy (or where you may have fallen short). If your story applies, we’ll be in touch and your family could be on TV!
In the meantime, check out this list of the Top-10 Healthy Snacks that we posted on our Caregiver Scoop. We also have some great ideas to keep kids active in our Child Care Articles and Resources section.
Also, please take this quick Care.com survey on healthy eating—your feedback will help us understand how to make sure our children are eating well and enjoying active lifestyles.
Let us know what you think!