We’ve often heard the saying “being a mum is a full-time job”; but, according to research, it’s actually closer to being two-and-a-half full-time jobs!
A new American study has found that the average mum works an astonishing 98 hours per week - over twice the average working week of 39 hours.
Researchers examined the schedules of 2000 working mums, with children aged five to 12. They found that the average work day of a mum starts at 6.23am and ends at 8.31pm.
They found that even on their “free time”, mums tended to fill their time with tasks; and, of course, the weekends were just as busy as the week days!
Most mums reported having just one hour and seven minutes of “me time” daily. We spend most of our “me time” in the bathroom trying to get a quick shower unaccompanied…
40 percent of mums surveyed said their lives felt like a series of never-ending tasks, while 70 percent reported feeling pressure to provide a healthy diet for their children.
“The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mum can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of,” said Casey Lewis, Health and Nutrition Lead at Welch’s, the juice company that commissioned the survey, told Yahoo.
The survey also examined what “life-savers” mums relied upon when trying to do it all became too tough.
The extensive list includes wine (us too), grandparents or a reliable babysitter to step in from time to time, Netflix (for the kids or the parents), wet wipes, drive-through meals, healthy snacks and juices, toys and iPads.
Coffee, napping when possible, and the ability to put on an “angry” voice as required were also on the list of top 20 mum-approved lifesavers.
We can definitely testify to the power of all of the above in a stressful situation - particularly coffee in the mornings, or a glass of wine after a very long day.
What do you think, mums? Does this sound like a typical week in your life?
We would love to know what you use as a life-saver when things get difficult. Leave us a comment and let us know.