If there is one thing that moms are familiar with, it is the feeling of being tired. It seems that they are always on the go and once children enter into the picture, it is a constant struggle to get any sleep.
Most mothers would agree that they are busy more often than not. Of course, you love the kids and you wouldn’t have it any other way but then again, a break every once in a while to get some sleep would be nice as well.
If you are one of those ‘tired mothers’ you are going to appreciate a new study by Welch’s. They have studied and surveyed 2,000 mothers who have children between 5 and 12 and they came to an interesting conclusion. Being a mother is the equivalent of working 2.5 full-time jobs.
Those mothers also shared some tips on how they got their weekly schedule to line up with reality.
The average day for mothers started at 6:23 am and ended at 8:31 pm. In other words, it is a 14 hour work day. There is something else that also needs to be considered. Moms don’t get to take the weekends off.
If you really get right down to it, mothers may say they ‘only’ work 14 hours per day but in reality, the time clock never stops running. You also spend a lot of time and energy thinking about the kids, even during the ‘off hours’.
Welch’s was interested in providing families with easy options for a nutrition plan. That is why they conducted the study. Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch’s, said, “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.”
Something that women found stressful about nutrition was the existence of a picky eater. This was something that affected a large percentage of moms, with 72% saying it was hard to get the family to eat something healthy and 64% talking about the difficulty with healthy drinks. They wanted to give the family fruits and vegetables but sometimes, the drive-thru was just too convenient.
Lewis said, “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, a small glass of 100% fruit juice or simply the chance to grab a nap.”
Some things that tended to help women were iPads, Babysitters, yoga pants and coffee. They also mentioned reliable grandparents and having a glass of wine.
So, no need for mom-shaming. It is coffee in the morning and wine at night. Sounds good to me.