Being a mom is a full-time job, literally. Actually, it's two full-time jobs. If you often feel like you're burning the candle at both ends, trying to juggle your full-time job and your duties as a mother, it's because you are. In a study commissioned by Welch's, it was found that the average working mother actually works far more than your typical 40 hour work week, clocking in at a staggering 98 hours!
The study surveyed 2000 American mothers of children between the ages of 5 and 12 to see what their average week looked like. While the average workday is 8 hours, moms are pulling 14-hour "shifts" every day. The study found that mothers are typically "on the job" beginning at 6:23 a.m. before finally being able to have a moment to themselves at 8:31 p.m. This means moms are working 14 hour days only to go to bed to wake up and do it again the next day.
“The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of,” Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch's told Yahoo! News. “Busy moms 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.”
According to the survey, things like wet wipes, being able to give your child an iPad or tablet to watch a favorite children's show, a steady supply of coffee, Netflix and the convenience of drive-thru meals are a few of the things that these overworked moms listed as lifesavers. Working the equivalent of more than two full-time jobs means that moms need to rely on as many items as possible that makes their day run smoothly. B
ut with such time-consuming demands being placed on mothers, it's, unfortunately, a reality that there are many things they are forced to sacrifice as well. Hobbies, time out with friends, date nights, long showers and basic bathroom privacy are all things mothers have listed as things they simply don't have time for.
In fact, the survey showed that women typically only get a measly one hour and seven minutes of "me time" per day. It's no wonder that moms are often stressed out, trying to figure out how they're going to get everything on their "to do" list done.
We've seen many studies recently about the invisible mental workload that mothers naturally assume in a household, and how there's an unfair burden of work placed on mothers in a family dynamic. Just recently a study was released stating that stay-at-home-moms are worth an annual salary of just over $162,000 because of the never-ending lists of chores, responsibilities, and duties they fulfill on a daily basis. Yet still, we continue to undervalue the role of the mother and continue to watch as women are overworked and underpaid, even in the home. Hopefully, more studies like these will make everyone aware of the amount of work mothers do in and out of the home, and slowly things may start to change.