A new study says if you add up the time the average working mom spends at her paid position and her duty at home, it totals to 98 hours per week, according to a new study commissioned by Welch's Grape Fruit Juice. That's equal to, if not more than, two full-time positions.
The study of 2,000 American mothers with kids between five and 12 years old 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. It follows then that the average mom surveyed manages just one hour and seven minutes of time to herself each day, if she’s lucky. Four-in-ten moms surveyed said the week felt like a never-ending series of tasks to complete.
The research was part of an opt-in survey for moms of children ages 5-12 and was conducted between May 05, 2017, and May 11, 2017, by Market Researchers OnePoll under Welch's nutrition programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 70 percent of moms with children under 18 participate in the workforce. The study did not look at the fathers role in parenting or household chores.
On top of a non-stop routine is the ever-present pressure to feed and fuel the whole family –nearly three quarters of moms (72 percent) feel getting their family to eat healthy snacks and meals is a real struggle.
The reasons behind that struggle? 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. On top of that is the pressure to keep things healthy – and eight in ten moms (83 percent) feel pressure to include fruit and vegetables in their family’s diet.
But resourceful moms do have several tricks up their sleeves, for example, registering for Bundles of Health, a site that allows family and close friends to give useful gifts to a new mom, like healthy snacks, a specialty tea formulated for postpartum, and homemade lactation cookies.
“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,” said Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch's. “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.”
“Anything that can be done to make mom’s life a little bit easier can make all the difference, whether it’s a well-timed, healthy snack or simply the chance to grab a nap,” continued Lewis.
No wonder having reliable grandparents around to help out is an absolute lifesaver for mom and makes the top 20 list, along with having a constant supply of healthy snacks.
“When it comes to making decisions around a family’s diet and overall nutrition the burden often lands with mom who, as the survey shows, has very little time to spare,” said Lewis. “The ability to offer a quick snack that she can be reassured is nutritious for the whole family is something that can’t be underestimated in making a difference to her day.”