Less pres­sure on mums in pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions

Bray People - - NEWS -

AS MOTHER'S Day ap­proaches many will be in­ter­ested to learn that a re­cent sur­vey has dis­cov­ered that 75 per cent of moth­ers feel their mother's gen­er­a­tion were af­forded more time to bring up their chil­dren as the pres­sure of work and a ca­reer takes mums away from the home.

Re­search car­ried out by Proc­tor & Gam­ble (P&G) to in­clude Wick­low moth­ers found that 62 per cent of moth­ers agreed that labour sav­ing de­vices frees up their time when at home so they can spend more qual­ity time with their chil­dren com­pared to pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. More than four fifths (88 per cent) of moth­ers from Le­in­ster said that their hus­band/part­ner helped them most in the home with their child­care.

This is ac­cord­ing to the find­ings of ex­ten­sive new re­search from P& G ex­plor­ing mother­hood from the 1930s to the present day.

The pub­li­ca­tion en­ti­tled ' The Chang- ing Face of Mother­hood' re­port re­veals that 40 per cent of Ir­ish mums feel they have less than an hour per day to them­selves. 47 per cent agreed there is a greater pres­sure to pro­vide chil­dren with ac­tiv­i­ties and con­stant su­per­vi­sion which puts fur­ther pres­sure on time; they also agreed chil­dren were af­forded more free­dom in pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

56 per cent said that as hus­bands now take a greater role in main­tain­ing the home, they are al­lowed sig­nif­i­cantly more qual­ity time with their chil­dren than would have been pos­si­ble for their mother's gen­er­a­tion.

The re­port was com­mis­sioned by P&G in the run up to Mother's Day on Sun­day, April 3, the com­pany be­hind brands such as Ariel, Fairy, Pam­pers and Olay in con­junc­tion with UCD Pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy, Dr. Betty Hil­liard, to ex­plore the chang­ing role of Ir­ish mums across dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions.

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