Motherhood Is Like Working More Than Two Full-time Jobs, Study Says
Of all the roles women play, being a mom is rewarding, but there is no doubt it is the most challenging. Whether you’re a mom who manages the home, runs a business, or has a career, you have a lot of things on your plate. And even then, there are times when we STILL think we’re not doing enough.
We think it’s time to prove to the doubters — and we’re talking about you, mom — that we are all doing the best we can. We believe moms are superwomen, but even superheroes can’t do everything that needs to be done. If you’re not convinced, a recent study gives an almost precise measure of how any hours moms allot for, well, motherhood.
Researchers observed about 2,000 moms of school-aged kids (aged 5 to 12) in the U.S. and followed them as they shuttled their kids to and from school, extracurricular activities, doctor appointments, and playdates, and more. The goal was to discover hacks, tools, resources, and techniques moms use to keep their family life going, but it also gave people a look into their everyday life.
While the study, commissioned by juice giant Welch’s, is based a particular demographic of American moms, the findings closely resemble the state of Pinoy mothers who have babies and toddlers as well. The results show that an average mom starts her day at 6:23 in the morning and ends at 8:31 p.m. Based on our experience, many Filipina moms start their day at 4 a.m., and it ends at 11 p.m.
In any case, that’s almost 14 hours a day or 98 hours a week, which is equivalent to working two and a half full-time jobs, according to the researchers. Those 14 hours is just for all things related to being a mom. Imagine if a woman has a business, a career, or a home to manage.
The moms in the study revealed they only get to spend an average of one hour for themselves out of the 24 hours in a day. Four out of the 10 moms in the survey described their life as accomplishing one task after another and trying to cross out every item in their never-ending to-do list. Because even when a mom isn’t physically with her kids, she’s still busy with tasks for them.
“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, M.S., R.D. and Health & Nutrition lead at Welch’s told Yahoo News. “Anything that can be done to make mom’s life a little bit easier can make all the difference.”
What are the things that aid moms in keeping their sanity and the family life as smooth as possible? The research sums it up with a list of things that the moms tagged as “lifesavers,” or things that help them so much they probably couldn’t live without it. Working Mother Research Institute reveals these are the moms’ lifesavers’ top five:
- Baby wipes or wet wipes
- Kids’ TV channels and shows
- Drive-thru meals
Also included in the list are grandparents, a reliable nanny, a constant supply of coffee, being able to put on an effective angry voice, healthy snacks, a stash of toys, and of course wine and the ability to nap. “Husband” didn’t make the top five, and it’s unclear if they made the list at all. It could be a hint though that while there are more hands-on dads today, moms still do many of the child-rearing duties.
Being a mom means multitasking a lot, and we need all the help they can get — and you need to be able to recognize that you need help and learn to ask for help. One can only go on for some time without enough rest. You don’t want to be sickbecause then you might end up doing twice as much work after recovering.
Moms, you need to make you a priority, too.