According to research examining the schedules of 2000 working moms, with children aged five to 12 (I’m sure Mom’s have always known), the average workday of a mom starts at 6:23 a.m. and ends at 8:31 p.m. That means the average working mom works the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time jobs!
It seems the average American mom works an astonishing 98 hours per week, which is twice the average workweek of 39 hours. (The study was commissioned by Welch’s, the juice company.)
Researchers also found that:1
- even on their “free time”, moms tended to be occupied with tasks
- the weekends were just as busy as the weekdays
- most moms reported having just one hour and seven minutes of “me time” daily
- 40 percent of moms said their lives felt like a series of never-ending tasks and 70 percent reported feeling pressure to provide a healthy diet for their children
But the study also uncovered the “life-savers” that moms rely on while having to do it all: wine, grandparents or a reliable babysitter to step in from time to time, Netflix (for the kids or the parents), wet wipes, drive-through meals, healthy snacks and juices, toys and iPads, coffee, napping when possible, and the ability to put on an “angry” voice as required were also on the list of top 20 mum-approved lifesavers.2
I’m not a mom but loads of my friends are and it is amazing to me what you all get done in just a day.
Here’s to all the moms out there working hard for themselves and their families. We salute you!