Report says mothers are pushed to the limit between jobs and family
If you thought being a working mom was hard, a new study says you don’t know the half of it.
A recent European study said working moms, on top of their fulltime jobs, were only able to spend about 28 hours a week with their kids. Therapist Mary Jo Rapini says she's not sure you can put an exact time on parenting.
“It’s a little overdone. I don’t think any parent can really measure parenting in that way. There are lots of little things that happen with being a parent,” Rapini said.
Houston counselor Faith Wilson told KTRH if the study is accurate it is a problem.
“There’s not enough supervision,” Wilson said.
But Rapini says it's not always how much time you're always able to give, but the quality of the time you spend with your child.
“It’s not the amount of time you give kids. It’s the fact that you’re engaged with your kid,” Rapini explained.
Wilson says she sees cases where mothers can't always be with the kids, and has some a suggestion for them.
“Even if you’re not standing right there with them, if you’ve left proper instruction and you have a plan in place, that is part of your parenting time,” Wilson explained.
Some of the other numbers from this study; of the 28 hours we mentioned, mothers say seven of those hours every week are spent cooking and cleaning, and another eight dressing and entertaining their children.