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News flash—study shows mothers work, like, all the time

Do you feel tired? Overworked? A new survey found that mothers typically work around 100 hours a week at home and at the office.

News flash—study shows mothers work, like, all the time

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A new survey commissioned by Welch’s may make you feel a bit better about how tired you feel. (Or not.)

When researchers tallied up the hours of work (paid and unpaid), they found that mothers of school-age kids who work outside the home clocked a whopping 98 hours per week. (Sounds about right.) Four in 10 moms reported feeling like they have a “never-ending series of tasks.” (We know how that feels.)

The study surveyed 2,000 moms in the U.S. who have children from ages five to 12. Researchers found that these moms on average are working 14-hour long days. With their day starting at 6:23 a.m., following through with their job and tasks throughout the day, and then continuing with child and chores, these moms only get to take a breather and wind down around 8:31 p.m. (If you child actually falls asleep, that is.)

In terms of me time, moms get approximately 67 minutes a day.

So what gets these moms through the day? In the survey, participants cited things like Netflix, iPads, drive-thru meals, grandparents, babysitters, wet wipes (!!!) and lots of coffee.

“The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of moms can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of,” said Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch’s. (We couldn't agree more.)

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