Look, it really isn't a secret that mothers are basically real-life superheroes. No matter how you become one, the "mom" job description is as demanding as it can get. And now, a new study proves just how demanding being a mom is. Because working moms basically work two full-time jobs, which really isn't that surprising for anyone who is, or even just knows, a working mother.
Sponsored by Welch's Grape Juice, a new study looking at 2,000 American moms and their daily schedules, found some interesting, albeit unsurprising, results: Working mothers put in about 98 hours of work per week. As Working Mother notes, "the average working mom clocks in a 98-hour work week, with her day typically starting at 6:23 a.m. She doesn't end up finishing her work or family duties until 8:31 p.m., meaning she works 14 hours per day."
So, yes. Moms get sh*t done. And whether you're a working mom, or a stay-at-home mom, this new study is an important read. Not only does it prove just how taxing being a mom really is, but it also shows that being a mom is literally a full-time job, in and of itself. Or, as Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch's, told Yahoo! News: “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."
Basically, sexism is still alive and well. Just because a mom is working outside of the home, doesn't mean that her family expects her to do any less at home. In fact, a Working Mother Research Institute survey back in 2015 proved that moms continue to do the majority of household chores, despite if she works outside the home as well. Per the 2015 survey, moms are more likely to take time off of work to take a kid to some kind of appointment than dads are. Literally, pure sexism right there.
"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," Lewis said. Those "lifesavers" included, according to Cosmopolitan, "a constant supply of coffee, the support from grandparents and babysitters, wet wipes, Netflix and, of course, wine."
But, despite their "lifesavers" moms are still pretty awesome, all on their own. Never mind if you're a working mom, or not, you're still putting in the time, and you deserve a happy hour as much as the next guy.