Motherhood is Equivalent to Working 2.5 Jobs, Study Says

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

We all know motherhood is a full-time job, but according to a new study, it’s actually even more than that. If you add the time a working mom spends on the job and her duties at home, it totals 98 hours a week -- about 2.5 full-time positions. Whew!

The research was part of an opt-in survey for moms of children ages 5-12, commissioned by Welch’s. The study of 2,000 American mothers found that the average mother "clocks in" at 6:23 a.m. and "clocks out" at 8:31 p.m., for an average work day of 14 hours (and that doesn’t count overnight, we’d like to point out!).

This means that the average mom gets about 1 hour and seven minutes to herself each day… if she’s lucky!

With four-in-ten moms surveyed saying the week felt like a never-ending series of tasks to complete, fueling the family accounts for a large part of a mom’s job. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed said they struggle getting their children to eat healthy snacks and meals. Family members being picky eaters and struggling to find something the whole family enjoys were cited as leading causes of difficulty when it comes to feeding the whole family, according to Yahoo News.

The survey also highlighted a top 20 list (voted by moms) of things they couldn’t live without. Wet wipes, yoga pants, an iPad and a dependable babysitter were among some of the “lifesavers.”

“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. “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.”