Being a mom is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the world. You don’t need to be a mother yourself to recognize that. This is a job that trains someone to have plenty of skills such as organization, communication, negotiation, managing people, multi-tasking and many more to add to mother-hood job.
Probably, you have ever heard that being a mother is taken to be a full-time job, but the study shows that it even way beyond that! Such a way that they exceed the busiest employee that works 80 hours of work time in a week.
Moms work more hours than what a full-time job requires
A survey was conducted on 2000 American moms by the juice company Welch’s to get the real experiences and pressures they face every day on the job. They found that on average, a mom clocks in at 6:23 am and clocks out at 8:31 pm to perform the motherhood duties.
It is a Monday to Sunday job which means there is no such a thing as a day off. When you do the math, you find that moms work about 14 hours a day, seven days a week, which amounts to 98 hours per week. That is two and a half times more times than an average worker who works 40 hours per week.
Taking into account also, mothers work through the night, whether is to soothe a crying baby or breastfeed, which adds more working time to their demanding schedule. That can amount to about a hundred hours a week.
Moms have minimal breaks
Moms get very little break time. In this survey, they found out that moms get an average of 1 hour and of ‘me’ time per day. Even the ‘me’ time is not anything glamorous. Sometimes, it means that the break time is for a nice shower, getting a haircut, a nap, or anything that you may consider to be of a self-maintenance task than a self-rejuvenating.
Activities Moms can do for ‘me’ time
Moms should find time to recuperate and re-energize. It is hard to find time to care for yourself when you are busy taking care of your kids, but remember that you can function well when you have adequate rest time for yourself–Go out for lunch, see a movie with a friend, get a massage, go shopping, do a yoga or workout. It is a better way to treat yourself and to ensure you have made time for yourself.
Of course, these findings are not surprising to many of the moms. What is more valuable about the research is what it should communicate to the rest of the society. Mothers require support in their workplaces, homes, and communities.
At the end of the day, moms, remember that you do a very amazing job with your kids. Do not forget to show your mother that you appreciate all the work she has put to raise you.