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Working mums feed their children better food?

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crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 16:21:44

Was watching lunchtime news and they said that a study has shown that working mothers children eat better than SAHM children!!!!!!!!!How dare they make such generalisations(SP?)! They don't go into detail of whether these children are fed by childminders or some other sort of carer eg. Grandparent. It made me feel like crap I am a SAHM and feed my children organic EXPENCIVE food(as they put it) also no proccessed food due to allergies I don't mean to offend anyone but I am so angry! SAHM and Working Mums just do the best they can!

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 16:23:48

Who cares what they say - there's always these daft studies and research that correlate one thing with another and it's probably all deduced from some dodgy survey somewhere.

I'm sure that what people feed their children has little to do with whether the parent works or not and is more just down to the parents general attitude to food.

Don't let it get to you!

DillyDally Tue 19-Apr-05 16:24:33

The media (and research folks or perhaps they are just used) are always trying to make us women feel bad whatever we do.
Perhaps we need to fight back with a report on why bald men's children are more likely to eat spaghetti hoops or another such vague and inflammatory statement.

noddyholder Tue 19-Apr-05 16:24:35

these bloody surveys drive me nuts!!!!!!!!!!

crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 16:26:14

Thanx everyone my boiling point nearly burst today, you have helped a lot

Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 16:33:26

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crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 16:34:46

Hi Aimsmum, its been ok!
How did you get on with the specialist? it was today wasnt it?

Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 16:39:40

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crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 16:44:08

Well I hope DD is well soon with not too many side effects
I have been mainly spuing in my wonderfully bleached toilet, DP given me food poisoning! not too bad now though(no more rare steaks for me!)
LOL RARE!!!! IT practically mooed!!!!!!
My jeans are a tad loose though!

Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 16:53:18

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crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 16:56:15

He is like the dog(in more than one way!) he can eat anything and be ok! The weght loss is great but I will not let on to him,am going to a wedding on Saturday so dress will look even better!!!!!!! feeling ok now so I will go and make real food for dinner.
Only kidding

Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 17:01:01

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crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 17:04:54

OK speak soon bye XXX

SkiBunnyFlummy Tue 19-Apr-05 17:05:40

Calm down. it was obviously based on some kind of study. They weren't having a go at you personally.

I suspect it could be that families with double incomes have generally higher incomes so 'on average' they 'may' spend more on food.

Also most working mums (me included) go around with a permanent guilty conscience that they 'may' not be doing the best by their children so try to make up for it in other areas. eg cooking madly.

iota Tue 19-Apr-05 17:09:40

working mums feed their children better food as us SAHM's are too busy mumsnettting to cook proper dinners

crazyandconfused Tue 19-Apr-05 17:10:18


almost40 Tue 19-Apr-05 17:12:14

Can someone post a link? Skibunny, I totally agree with you - it probably is a variation on the fact that double income families have more money to spend, and therefore may spend on things like organic foods, etc. It makes sense to me actually, and it should not be taken personally as an attack on all SAHMs. But would love to actually read the story, if there's one in print.

almost40 Tue 19-Apr-05 17:12:51


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bundle Tue 19-Apr-05 17:15:28


bundle Tue 19-Apr-05 17:16:38

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK

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Working mums provide better diets

Children were asked what foods they ate
The children of women who work have better diets than those whose mothers stay at home, researchers have found.
The University of Glasgow researchers analysed information from over 2,000 11-year-olds and their parents.

They found children whose mothers did not work were more likely to eat unhealthy snacks.

The researchers said the study turned the stereotype of working mothers dishing out less healthy meals "on its head".

Family dynamics and diets in particular may well have changed

Dr Hannah Theobald, British Nutrition Foundation

"They suggest women who work take more care over what their children eat, possibly because they feel guilty about not being at home with their children. "

it's a close-run thing though:

"The researchers found 63% of children whose mothers were at home full-time were classed as eating "less healthily", compared to 52% of those whose mothers worked full-time. "

SkiBunnyFlummy Tue 19-Apr-05 17:16:55

For that matter isn't it tea time - shouldn't you SAHMs all be off cooking healthy wholesome meals for the family and then dashing off to put a ribbon in your hair before hubby gets home.

I have an hour or so more at the office before a relaxing commute home and a catch up on Heat magazine. No doubt nanny is madly stuffing hugely expensive organic veggies into dd as we speak.

SkiBunnyFlummy Tue 19-Apr-05 17:18:23

oh you are!

Glasgow - all on deep fried mars bars no doubt.

but I'd NEVER be one to generalise or stereotype, hee hee

iota Tue 19-Apr-05 17:18:31

you are right SBF, but I have a pc (well minimac to be precise) in my kitchen

bundle Tue 19-Apr-05 17:20:24

oops - the only bit i meant to post was the last bit - ie 63% v 52% (ie it's a close-run thing)

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