No wonder us mums feel SO tired! They say being a parent is a full time job, but a new study has revealed that mums work the equivalent of TWO and a half FULL TIME jobs, that’s 98 hours a week! An average working week is 39 hours.
And yet, we don’t get paid a salary for it, let alone overtime!
A demanding role
We all know how demanding being a mum can be, but a new study by drinks company Welch’s has worked out how many hours us mums actually ‘work’.
2,000 mums with kids between the age of 5 and 12 were asked to clock in and out in the day when they parent, and the team found that most mums ‘clock’ in at 6.23am and ‘clock out’ at 8.31pm.
This makes a mum’s average work day 14 hours, 7 days a week.
Lack of ‘breaks’
The study also found that mums got on average an hour and seven minutes to herself each day and that this ‘free time’ was usually spent not relaxing.
“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,” Casey Lewis, Health and Nutrition Lead at Welch’s, told Yahoo.
“Busy mums may identify with the list of ‘lifesavers’, which highlights not just a rigorous workload but a constant requirement to feed and fuel the family, week in and week out.”
What’s more, the findings reveal that 40 per cent of mums felt like they had a series of never ending tasks.
“Anything that can be done to make mum’s life a little bit easier can make all the difference, whether it’s a well-timed healthy snack, a small glass of 100 per cent fruit juice or simply the chance to grab a nap,” continues Casey.
The study also found that 72 per cent of mothers feel pressure to ensure their children are eating healthily.
“When it comes to making decisions around a family’s diet and overall nutrition the burden often lands with mum who, as the survey shows, has very little time to spare,” adds Casey.
“The ability to offer a quick snack or beverage that she can be reassured is nutritious for the whole family is something that can’t be underestimated in making a difference to her day.”
So the next time your hubby moans that HE’s feeling exhausted from work, you can politely remind him you’re doing MORE THAN DOUBLE his workload each week!
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