TableĀ 2

Summary of results

1. Knowledge of the PA and SB guidelinesMost mothers were not aware of the guidelines
A few mothers knew that they existed, but did not know the recommended PA or SB targets
2. Reactions to the PA targetsMothers felt that the targets were easily achievable and their child already met them
Preschool children were seen as naturally active and mothers commented that there was no more capacity from the parent or child to achieve more activity
Mothers were uncertain how to define and quantify physical activity in their preschool children
3. Reactions to the SB targetsMothers felt that the SB guidelines were acceptable
Most mothers felt that their preschool child had appropriate levels of SB and screen-viewing
Many mothers had rules and restrictions on screen-viewing time
Screen-viewing was viewed as acceptable and beneficial in moderation
There was some concern that activities that mothers valued, such as crafts and reading, were included in the SB guidelines
Reducing time spent in car seats and pushchairs was not seen to be feasible by some mothers
4. Attitudes towards the PA and SB guidelinesThe guidelines were viewed as too broad and mothers suggested making them more specific to make appropriate for developmental stages, gender, and natural activity levels
There was concern that the guidelines may cause stress and guilt for parents
  • PA, physical activity; SB, sedentary behaviour.