If you feel like you're working all the time and going through a never-ending list of family duties, that's because you are. Thanks to a recent study, it's now confirmed that moms work 98 hours a week. That's more than two full-time jobs!
The study, commissioned by Welch's, looked at 2,000 moms (specifically working moms) in the U.S. with children ages 5 to 12 and found that the typical work day starts at 6:23 a.m. and ends at 8:31 p.m. Thanks to the many different hats mothers wear, from being a tip-less chauffeur to attending business meetings, the average mom works non-stop (think 14-hour shifts) and rarely gets credit for all that effort.
“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.
Four out of 10 moms in the study reported feeling like their lives are a never-ending series of tasks (we're actually surprised it's not a little higher!). And 72 percent of mothers feel pressure in ensuring their kids are eating healthy. On top of all that exhaustion, the average mom rarely gets enough me-time, which hits about an hour and seven minutes each day. This estimate doesn't include sleep, but really, do moms even sleep? Every other minute is consumed by taking care of other people and other things.
To get through those busy weeks, moms' life-saving must-haves include wine, grandparents or a reliable babysitter Netflix, wet wipes, drive-thru meals and iPad tablets. So back off our choices to use iPad as kid distractions, people.
The study is in line with several reviews before it, including a 2015 one conducted by Pew Research that showed working moms still take on a lot more responsibility than working dads, even in two-parent households with both parents working full-time.
No wonder the mom exhaustion is real.