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Study Suggests Being A Mom Is Equivalent To Holding 2.5 Full-Time Jobs, Proving Moms Are Super-Human

Moms say "wine, wine and more wine" is a lifesaver.

As if we needed more proof that moms are super-human, a new study commissioned by Welch's shows motherhood is the equivalent to holding 2.5 jobs, or doing a 98-hour work week, with only one hour each day of "me time." 

The study surveyed 2,000 moms with school-aged children between 5 and 12 years old, and found that a mom's schedule begins, on average, at 6:33 a.m. and ends at 8:31 p.m. . And that 14-hour shift is certainly not just a Monday through Friday thing. It's a seven day schedule with no personal or sick days. 

"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," said Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch's.

In order to extend that "me time" if only for a bit longer, moms rely on lifesavers to get them through. Listed in the Top 20 Lifesavers List in the study were things such as reliable grandparents who can watch the children, trusted babysitters, an iPad, drive-thru meals, kids' TV shows, and "wine, wine and more wine." 

"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 added.

Four in 10 moms surveyed said the week felt like a never-ending series of tasks to complete.  

"Anything that can be done to make mom's life a little bit easier can make all the difference," Lewis continued, "whether it's a well-timed, healthy snack, a small glass of 100% fruit juice or simply the chance to grab a nap."  

(H/T: Yahoo)

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