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Working parents, please join the dicussion

McCarthyClaire_dsc0435-300x198Earlier this week Claire McCarthy, MD, wrote a Thrive post defending working mothers, in response to a study from the UK linking our busy schedules to increased rates of childhood obesity. The post generated a lot of discussion and several readers chimed in with some great advice for raising healthy kids while working full-time.

What do you think? Are you a working mom or dad with strategies for keeping your kids healthy that could help your fellow busy parents? Advice for juggling work, the kids and dinner on the go? Please join in the conversation by adding your comments below.

Here’s what some readers, both here on Thrive and over on Children’s Facebook page are saying:

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In defense of working moms

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD

Being a working mom means feeling guilty and stressed. There’s always something we can’t get done at work because of our kids, or something we can’t do for our kids because of work. We can’t win.

Now there’s a study from the United Kingdom to make that guilt and stress even worse. Apparently, when moms work full-time, it’s more likely that their kids will be overweight. Not that it helps if we stop working: being in a lower socioeconomic class (which could happen to our families without our income) raises the risk of having overweight kids too. Again, we can’t win.

I gotta say, this feels unfair. I’m okay—well, sort of okay—with being blamed for a work project not getting done, or forgetting to pack the Girl Scout vest in my daughter’s backpack. I’m okay with being given a hard time for not working late, or for missing a school concert because of work. But I’m not okay with being blamed for childhood obesity.

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