Moth­ers’ dreams go on ice

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LANAI SCARR

MUMS are sac­ri­fic­ing their own per­sonal pas­sions to give the best to their chil­dren.

New re­search shows 77 per cent of Aus­tralian mums are putting their own de­sires on hold to chase those of their chil­dren.

Since be­com­ing a mum, 59 per cent of Aus­tralian women have all but stopped pur­su­ing their pas­sion or in­ter­est with one in five stop­ping com­pletely.

The data, com­mis­sioned by Go Peo­ple and con­ducted by PurePro­file, found the av­er­age mum spent more than 10 hours a week do­ing soc­cer runs, dance or swim classes among other things, in the pur­suit of their chil­dren’s hap­pi­ness.

This is more than dou­ble the four hours a week the av­er­age mother gets to her­self.

The most com­mon ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing up Aussie mums’ time, ac­cord­ing to the 1001 women sur­veyed, are fam­ily com­mit­ments (78 per cent), do­mes­tic chores (66 per cent) and ca­reers (36.6 per cent).

The most pop­u­lar hob­bies or in­ter­ests mums had be­fore hav­ing chil­dren in­cluded read­ing/writ­ing (42 per cent), travel (39 per cent), mu­sic (36 per cent), cook­ing (33 per cent) and craft (26 per cent).

A to­tal of 18 per cent of mums have to­tally stopped their hobby or pas­sion since giv­ing birth, 59 per cent have re­duced the time they have to spend on their hobby or pas­sion and 23 per cent still man­age to make time for their hobby or pas­sion.

Six per cent of mums said they got no time to themselves each week and 30 per cent got less than two hours of “me time”. But in true mum fash­ion 34 per cent of re­spon­dents said they wanted to spend qual­ity time with their kids this Mother’s Day.

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