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The average mom works 98 hours a week, according to a new study


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If you’ve ever had wistful thoughts while stuck in traffic or crammed into a crowded train on your way to work about the life of leisure stay-at-home moms must lead, you should know that your fantasies of relaxing while the kids play or nap are just that. According to a new study conducted by Welch’s (yes, the juice company), the average mom clocks in an average of 98 hours a week, which is essentially equivalent to working 2.5 full-time jobs. And they don’t get paid for all that OT…

According to Yahoo! UK, the researchers surveyed 2,000 American moms with kids between the ages of five and twelve, who detailed their weekly schedules. The data shows that most moms start their parenting-related duties around 6:30 a.m. and wrap up around 8:30 p.m. Could you imagine being at the office that long?

The data shows that most moms start their parenting-related duties around 6:30 a.m. and wrap up around 8:30 p.m.

You may be thinking that surely they aren’t parenting non-stop. There’s still probably plenty of downtime to go to yoga, get a massage, or watch Property Brothers. Yeah, not so much. It turns out, moms only get an average of one hour and seven minutes to themselves all day.

Regardless of if you’re a parent who is home or who also has a career, one thing is clear: Raising tiny humans is a lot of work.

Speaking of motherhood, here’s what to say—and what not to say—when your coworker comes back from maternity leave. Plus, why when it comes to intelligence, you have your mom to thank.

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