Modern day work­ing mothers find time is not on their side

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LON­DON: For many of us, the rigours of a busy life­style means hav­ing to make sac­ri­fices.

But for a large pro­por­tion of mothers, the pres­sures of par­ent­ing – as well as hold­ing down a ca­reer – means many tra­di­tional tasks have fallen by the way­side.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search, 23% of women said they have no time to cook an evening meal from scratch, while one in five are un­able to find time to make a child’s birthday cake.

The sur­vey, which polled 1 000 mothers, found that around one in six felt they were un­able to take a role in their child’s par­ent teacher as­so­ci­a­tion and a third said chores, such as iron­ing bed linen, was too much for them.

Al­though many were more stretched than their own mothers, the vast ma­jor­ity made sure that they never missed im­por­tant events in their chil­dren’s lives – with 75% of re­spon­dents say­ing they had al­ways at­tended a school play, par­ents’ evening or sports day.

More than half of the women who polled for skin care firm Sanc­tu­ary Spa said their mothers had more time be­cause they didn’t have to work.

When asked how times had changed for modern mothers, 50% said their lifestyles would have been dif­fer­ent in the 1970s and 1980s.

The study also found that nearly one in five mothers felt in­ad­e­quate when they saw that so­cial me­dia friends were seem­ingly able to jug­gle mother­hood with a ca­reer while they felt they didn’t have enough time to spare.

A quar­ter of mothers ad­mit­ted that they had gone with­out ap­ply­ing make-up and styling their hair be­fore leav­ing the house in the morning.

Even re­lax­ation times had been hit – 19% said they no longer had time to read a book in the evening and more than one in 10 mothers felt like they didn’t have the time to spend a night at home by them­selves.

Jacqueline Burchell, global mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at Sanc­tu­ary Spa, said: “Our on­go­ing mis­sion is to help women find their own sanc­tu­ary in a world of con­stant pres­sure to be re­al­life su­per­women.

“Those never-end­ing ‘to-do’ lists of­ten lead women to skip break­fast or not wash their hair in or­der to re­claim a lit­tle more time in their daily lives.

“Two-thirds of the 1 000 mothers ques­tioned said they ded­i­cated just 14 min­utes to get­ting them­selves ready in the morn­ings.”

Mean­while, a sur­vey of 1 000 adults by char­ity Grand­par­ents Plus re­vealed that one in four mothers would have to give up work if they didn’t have grand­par­ents to look af­ter their chil­dren. – Daily Mail

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