Moms who take care of the kids are working basically 2.5 jobs—for free. 

And it must be said: stay-at-home dads are not excluded. The survey gauges the amount of time spent in some aspect of both child care and housework, including making food for the tribe. 

MCALLEN, TX - AUGUST 19: An immigrant mother and child from Honduras wait to take a bus to Florida on August 19, 2016 from McAllen, Texas. After crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas, the families are taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol, given temporary legal documents and then sent by bus to their destination city in the United States, where they apply for political asylum. Many receive assistance from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Immigrant Respite Center in McAllen before continuing their journey. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

2,000 American moms of children aged five to 12 were surveyed for this study by the company Welch's. Some of the results:

- Average daily start time: 6:23 a.m.

- Average end time (when they are officially “off the clock”): 8:31 p.m.

- The average mom gets just 1 hour and 7 minutes to herself every day

- 4-in-10 moms felt like their lives were a never-ending series of tasks, every day of the week

That adds up to a 14-hour shift, every day of the week. 

Not surprisingly, coffee, wine, naps, and the ability to quickly adopt an angry voice were some of the things they couldn’t live without. Family helping out or and other trustworthy babysitter help also topped the list. 

“When it comes to making decisions around a family’s diet and overall nutrition the burden often lands with Mom who, as the survey shows, has very little time to spare. The ability to offer a quick snack or beverage that she can be reassured is nutritious for the whole family is something that can’t be underestimated in making a difference to her day.” says Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health & Nutrition Lead at Welch's. 

According to the UN, unpaid work is a crucial support for insufficient social services and bolsters the economy. Its value is estimated to be between 10 and 39 percent of a nation's GDP.

Mother’s Day 2018 is on Sunday, May 13 this year; time for some spoiling, don’t you think?

women unpaid work infographic

Source: UN Women