Scientists have rehabilitated working mothers

Scientists have rehabilitated working mothers
Scientists have rehabilitated working mothers

Working mothers in vain suffer from feelings of guilt towards their "abandoned" children.

Scientists rehabilitate working mothers

It's no secret that many working mothers feel a great sense of guilt in front of their "abandoned" children. And in vain, as found by Australian scientists. On average, housewives and businesswomen spend the same amount of time with their babies.

Researchers at the Australian Planned Parenthood Institute asked parents of 3,000 babies aged 3-14 months to keep detailed diaries and notes about how their children spend every day. As a result, scientists found that the children of full-time mothers were with their mother only 83 minutes less per day.

Body contact, hugs and kisses and housewives and workaholic moms spend the same amount of time a day - an average of 138 minutes.

In Australia, one in six women go to work when their baby is three months old, and 40% of women start working before their baby is a year old. During work, the mother of the baby is replaced by relatives and nannies. And there is nothing wrong with that, the researchers are sure. “While children are deprived of maternal attention, they have a chance to communicate with their fathers and other relatives, which is also important,” says physician and study author Jennifer Baxter.

There is still an active debate among doctors and theorists about the impact of a mother's being close to her baby. Dr. Baxter said it was clear from her research that babies of working moms received the same amount of attention, measured in hugs, reading and talking together, as babies of stay-at-home moms. To assess the attention paid, according to experts, the nature of feeding is more important than the working status of the mother.


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