We corresponded back and forth quite a bit, but I ultimately decided that it would be impossible for me to make a day trek to NYC this week (which also happens to be my last week of work) to participate in a taping of a roundtable discussion of 4 working moms that would air this coming weekend.
And then they were going to use their Boston-based producer to film me and the boyz and my husband at home in the Trenches.
But logistically, it was too much. The boyz have school. I have work (my last week! Oh, did I already mention that?) and Hubby has work. So I graciously declined. It would be too much juggling, switching, rearranging. In such short notice.
I actually wasn't even going to mention this. I'm still in huDge disbelief about the entire interaction. Me? They wanted ME? Little old me?
But the topic to be discussed is one that is quite fascinating:
A new study out of the UK found that children of working mothers are less active and more likely to eat unhealthy food. The study found that many of the children whom they followed watched more TV, ate less fruits and veggies, got less exercise, and drank more sugary drinks than children of stay-at-home moms.
When I spoke with the ABC producer, I opined that this fact holds true in my Trenches. And my Hubby agreed. I eat healthier than Hubby. I know how to cook healthier. I am more conscious of what I serve the boyz (for breakfast, in their school lunchboxes, and for meals) than Hubby is, or cares to be. But because I'm working, and especially during sports seasons (football and baseball), we tend to eat a lot more convenience foods - more grab & go items; more McD's; more pizza takeout; more uh, cereal for dinner...because I am simply NOT HOME to prepare the meals.
(By the way? Hubby has never met a stick of butter, a slab of cheese, or a healthy scoop of mayo that he didn't like. In fact, he's the one person on this planet who has the keen ability to take a healthy portion of food and instantly make it unhealthy by adding one of those 3 ingredients. Every time.)
But my boyz are VERY active. So that part of the study doesn't hold true for my situation. What else doesn't hold true is the fact that my boyz are, in fact, UNDERWEIGHT. All 3 of them. I have a 54lb. 8-year old; a 34lb. 5-year old; and a 32lb. 4-year old. Who eat real butter, full-fat sour cream, and still drink WHOLE MILK, per doctor's orders.
Please note that the leader of the study explained that they didn't look at fathers because the number of working fathers has remained relatively the same; whereas the number of working mothers has increased dramatically. *coughBULLSHITcough* This offends me. It seems to me that this British study yet again seems to be doing nothing but pitting working moms against stay-at-home moms. And adding to the working mother guilt.
And I refuse to feel guilty that my boyz sometimes eat McDonald's.
I'd soooo love to hear your opinions on this...