This is a terrific study, full of science! But what’s missing from the news report on it, the Today interview with one of the researchers, and the Institute of Child Health press release about it? Could it be the word ‘father’? Are these people really studying the effects on children when their mothers work, or are they studying the effects on children when both parents work? They don’t seem to have looked at the scenario where the mother works and the father stays at home preventing his children from drinking sugary drinks and watching telly. Or, you know, the scenario where one mother stays at home and the other mother goes to work. Who designed this study? Betty Draper from Mad Men?
PS. I like the way that the Today interviewee admits that working mothers can bring benefits to the family, like ‘increased income’. Er… yes.