Working Moms Make Time for Baby on the Weekend

Working moms may spend at least 40 hours a week away from their children, but when it comes to quality time—time spent caring for and interacting with their children—the difference between working and stay-at-home moms may be smaller than you think.

At-home mothers spend about 38 hours a week of quality time with their children, while working moms spend 26 hours, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Marriage and Family that used data from the ongoing decade old Study of Early Child Care conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Working moms spend more time on the weekend with their children than do at-home moms. “People have this idea,” says Dr. Cathryn L. Booth, professor of family and child nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle, “that mothers at home are spending all their time with their children, providing activities, engaging in interactions, but this may not be true.”

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