Mums 'overwhelmed' by responsibilities
Ninety-two per cent of US working mums say they are overwhelmed by workplace, home and parenting responsibilities, according to a survey by ForbesWoman and TheBump.com.
The survey of 1,259 women, of whom 68% were working moms and 32% stayed at home with their children, found that
Eighty percent of the respondents worked outside the home full time, and roughly 44% were the main breadwinners, but in all cases te mothers reported that they are responsible for the majority of all “at-home” work: housework (laundry, shopping, cooking, cleaning), childcare work (bathing, feeding, dressing) and even childcare “play”.
However, the one area where dads share parenting is discipline. The majority of mums say that discipline is an equally shared activity. The report found:
- 63% of working mothers agree with the statement “Sometimes I feel like a married single mum.”
- 66% of stay-at-home mums agree with the statement “Sometimes I feel like a married single mum”.
- 47% of working moms say they almost never get a break, but 93% say their partners do. - 1 in 5 stay-at-home mums say they need a break ALL the time. 50% of them say they never get one.
- 1 in 3 working mums say their partners could definitely be more helpful or supportive in parenting.
- 70% of working mums feel resentful towards their partners over shared parenting duties.