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Being Mom Is The Equivalent Of 2.5 Jobs At Full Time, According To A New Study

Being Mom Is The Equivalent Of 2.5 Jobs At Full Time, According To A New Study

Once a couple makes a commitment, the partners project themselves and usually have plans to start a family. Then come baby tests, stress, disappointments but also the joys of having a child. Then one or two children will be added to the siblings for those who want a large family. However, starting a family is also about becoming a father and / or mother.

Being Mom Is The Equivalent Of 2.5 Jobs At Full Time, According To A New Study

And, this change of status can be confusing for new parents. No more late nights and holidays with friends, the priorities are now different and only revolve around a person: the child. Because parenting consists mainly of taking care of your child, educating him and arming him in the face of the vagaries of life. Moreover, some children have trouble getting away from their parents and to stand on their own, this is the "Tanguy phenomenon".

Children and the parental home

The parental home is surely one of the places where the child feels most secure. Yet, one of the stages of life is to leave the family nest to fly to one's own life, to one's own responsibilities and to one's own home. While this seems obvious to some teenagers, who want to find autonomy and independence fairly quickly, others do not see it the same way and prefer to stay with mom and dad.

We then speak of the "Tanguy phenomenon", in reference to Étienne Chatiliez's film, which depicts the life of a 28-year-old man still living with his parents when the latter can no longer cope with this situation. But far from a simple film, it is a real social phenomenon, insofar as a recent study has highlighted the fact that 46% of young adults (18-29 years old) still live with their parents throughout the year or part of it. 

In general, this can be explained by higher education that lasts longer, difficulties in finding a job and lack of financial income, for example because of low wages. It should also be noted that, regardless of age, one in ten adults have already returned to live with their parents because of unfortunate events in their lives (job loss, marital breakdown, health problem).

Beyond a blatant report of a social and economic crisis, this return home affects especially the family. Indeed, cohabitation can be difficult, especially for stay-at-home mothers whose return of a child is sometimes synonymous with additional workload.

Being a housewife, hard work

Although being a mother and working at the same time can be restrictive and exhausting, stay-at-home mothers are far from being spared. Between domestic chores, cooking, laundry, ironing, taxi, shopping etc ... housewives drop a workload that would represent the equivalent of 2.5 full-time jobs according to a US study, conducted at the request of the brand of Welch's drinks.

No less than 2,000 women, mothers of children between the ages of 5 and 12, were interviewed for the occasion. Thus, we discover that a housewife starts on average her day at 6:23 am to finish at 8:31 pm, and this every day of the week. As a result, at 14 hours a day, a mother works 98 hours a week, or about 2.5 full-time jobs. And if we base ourselves on 35 hours of work, that would be the equivalent of 2.8 full-time jobs!

These numbers raise awareness about the extent of mother-to-home work. Of course, a working mother also accumulates her professional duties as well as her role as a mother, which is just as big a workload.

It should therefore be remembered that, in general, being a mother is a fascinating, tiring and physical thing because a child needs to be looked after at every moment but that it is also and above all a unique happiness!