October 10, 2018
Fact: Juggling motherhood and any sort of legit "me time" is a perpetual battle for most women with kids. New survey results show just how much of a struggle it really is. A meal delivery service called Munchery recently interviewed 2,000 moms and dads and concluded that the typical parent has 32 minutes to themselves every day. Yep, most moms and dads get little more than a half hour of "me time."
Another finding that's easy to interpret as downright depressing: 32 percent of parents don't stop working until 8 p.m., which certainly explains the lack of time being able to put toward much of anything outside of daily to-dos and parenting duties.
Illustrating just how tough it can be for parents to nail down "me time": Respondents told Munchery that they were hiding from their kids an average of fours time a week. Yep, sometimes you gotta just pretend you're going to the bathroom to squeeze in that rare solo moment.
Other findings from the survey included the fact that full-time working parents spend an average of 18 hours per week directly taking care of their kids. Nearly a quarter—24%—of parents spend more than 30 hours per week directly taking care of their kids, in addition to their other responsibilities. They also reported heading to the grocery store five times a week and dealing with episodes of misbehaving kiddos an average of five times a week.
While these findings aren't exactly gasp-worthy, they're no less dismaying. Everyone could use an adequate amount of time for self-care. Fingers crossed this survey serves to inspire those in parents' lives—friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, professional caregivers—to lend a hand when possible, as moms and dads obviously deserve any and all the help they can get.