Research shows being a mom is like working 2.5 full-time jobs

Between cooking meals, cleaning the dirty laundry, and after-school study lessons, moms spend 97 hours a week doing these jobs.

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It turns out moms work 2.5 full-time jobs by just being mom, according to new research.

A survey reported on by The New York Post that was commissioned by Campbell’s Well Yes! Sipping Soups and OnePoll vis SWNS focused on 2,000 American moms with children between ages 5-18, where researchers wanted to find out the different types of role’s mom’s play during the day.


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Between cooking meals, cleaning the dirty laundry, and after-school study lessons, moms spend 97 hours a week doing these jobs through parenting, according to researchers.

No work-life balance

Those sacrifices come with a price: 53% of moms reported they do not get enough sleep while nearly half (47%) said they have to bail on date night due to parenting obligations. In addition, 47% said they were not able to go out and enjoy their own hobbies, let alone hang out with friends.

As for the day-to-day parenting duties, moms reported spending 46 minutes cooking different meals for their children, 44 minutes doing the laundry and almost a half-hour doing arts-and-crafts with their kids.

All those parenting duties revealed moms would make $100,460 per year if they were paid for their parenting, according to the survey.

“With the number of time moms spend taking care of their children, it’s no surprise that they’re giving up time for themselves,” said Diego Palmieri, Chief Marketing Officer, Meals & Beverages at Campbell Soup Company.

“Taking time to eat nutritious foods is something we all know is important, but for on-the-go parents — moms in particular — it can feel impossible.”

If you’re a mother looking for a break on Mother’s Day, Kraft wants to pay for your babysitter’s bill. The company pledge to cover up to $100 on your babysitter bill if you submit proof of receipt.

Below are the top jobs moms perform on a day-to-day basis, according to the survey.

  1. Meal planner: 65%
  2. Chef/cook: 65%
  3. Cleaner: 61%
  4. Launderer: 59%
  5. Teacher: 59%
  6. Nurse: 55%
  7. Life coach: 53%
  8. Personal assistant: 53%
  9. Therapist: 50%
  10. Event planner: 49%

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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.