“Unmet” Needs Again!

Recent research from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University tells us that working moms often face problems related to child care that result in their children exhibiting aggressive behavior. Mothers in particular who are low-wage earners often have schedules that change from day to day that make it difficult for them to arrange child care, plan meals together, or take care of their normal family routines.

Here are a couple of their important findings:

* Children of mothers who work the night shift–between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am–exhibit higher levels of aggressive behavior than children of mothers who work other schedules.

* Children of mothers who commute long distances (an average of 80 minutes a day) have more behavior problems, including aggression, withdrawal, and depression.

Once again, we must as a society do whatever is possible to help mothers help their children. As we all know now, there is not a moment to waste!

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