Working Moms Don’t Find Time for Themselves

Nearly half of working moms say they have one hour or less of personal leisure time on a typical weekday, while most are dissatisfied with the quantity and quality of their leisure time, according to a new survey.

In the sixth edition of The Shell Poll, forty-three percent of working moms say they do not have enough personal leisure time during the work week.

Weekends don’t necessarily bring much-needed relief, either. Close to two-thirds of this group report that they do what they have to on the weekends, rather than what they want to do. For example, almost all working moms (98 percent) spend at least some weekend time doing chores around the house or in the yard, and 92 percent run errands during this time. Perhaps not surprisingly, on Sunday nights working mothers ask themselves where the weekend went (74 percent), rather than feeling relaxed, rested and ready for another week.

And dreams of vacation won’t necessarily alleviate the day-to-day pressures: more than two-thirds (67 percent) say they have not taken a week long vacation away from home within the past year.

Women Cutting Back on Work at Prime of Careers

Hundreds of thousands of American women are choosing to de-emphasize their careers in order to emphasize family, according to a new survey. Mothers & More, a not-for-profit organization supporting women in work and family roles, found eighty percent of all women will become mothers by age 44, revealed the Two-thirds of mothers are not employed full-time all year. One quarter of these women left the workforce entirely, sometimes at the prime of their careers, and nearly half are working less than forty hours per week.

“Mothers want more — more time with their children, more flexible work options, and more ways to combine career and family over a number of years,” says Pam Hainlin, president of Mothers & More.

“These statistics prove that the practice of sequencing is done by more than just our members. In fact, it is practiced by most women.”