You know you spend a lot of time parenting.
But have you ever stopped to try to put an actual number on it? No worries if you haven't—a national survey commissioned by VTech has done it for you. Here's how it plays out:
- Nearly 70% of working moms say they have an hour or less to themselves each day
- More than 20% report they have less than 15 minutes
- Moms average nearly 7.5 hours per day on parenting tasks
Over the course of a year, the difference between the number of hours moms say they spend parenting and the number of hours dads say they spend parenting adds up to an extra 1150 hours of parenting duty for moms
As daunting as it might sound, Dr. Michele Borba, author of "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions," offers some helpful tips:
Take time to decompress. Synchronize your online time with your child's play time, Dr. Borba says.
Create a "mom-semble." Plan fun events and activities that act as a support system and let you have some girl time while the kids play.
Plan dinner-planning parties. Get a small group of moms together to plan meals each week. Split the ingredient list and take turns hosting a cooking night. At the end, each family should end up with a week's worth of meals for their families.
Ask for help. More than 60% of moms want help with parenting but are afraid to ask, according to the article. Don't give in to the "supermom" hype—asking for a little help will only make you feel better in the long run.
What are some other ways you sneak in a little time to yourself or time with friends?
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