Working mums short changed on me-time
The average Great British mother can expect less than an hour and a half each day to themselves according to leading Child Trust Fund provider, The Children’s Mutual.
The average full-time working mum is even worse off with less than an hour a day of ‘me time’ – which is defined as quality time spent awake, without worrying about the stresses and strains of the daily grind! Unsurprisingly, nearly three quarters of these women felt that this was insufficient.
Mums with part-time jobs fair slightly better than their full-time colleagues, with an extra 24 minutes a day. Those staying at home full time only gain another 20 minutes on top of this – a princely average of one hour and 42 minutes a day.
The majority of mums prefer to spend their ‘me time’ relaxing by reading a magazine or book, closely followed by watching a film – although with less than 90 minutes to dedicate to themselves it is unlikely that they will get to see the end. Younger mums and those in the East Midlands also like to escape from their little ones by enjoying a tranquil soak in the tub.
Welsh mothers feel under the most pressure, with 85 per cent saying that they don’t get enough time to unwind. However it is mums in the South East that are actually the most hard done by with an average of only 58 minutes a day to relax. In contrast mums in the North East and those in the East Midlands enjoy nearly twice a much time for self indulgence with almost two hours[6| a day to themselves.
In general dads have a much easier ride – and their ‘me time’ is not impacted by the employment status of their partner. The average dad gets just over an hour and three quarters each day to himself although there are regional discrepancies. In the North East, dads can kick back across a whopping two and a half hours a day compared to just an hour in the South East.
The balance is most evenly distributed in Scotland where both mums and dads get approximately an hour and a half each day of down time. The biggest gender gap is found in London where mums get a whole hour less to themselves than dads (one hour 24 minutes versus two hours 28 minutes.)
David White, Chief Executive of The Children’s Mutual, said; “Our research confirms what most parents already knew – that the huge number of demands on a parent’s time makes any amount of ‘me time’ a real luxury.
We are trying to do our small part to free some additional time by making saving for your child’s future as quick and painless as possible. A direct debit of just £10 each month into a Child Trust Fund could grow to be worth £4,600 when the fund matures on the child’s eighteenth birthday.” 1 hour 24 minutes
 All figures drawn from Consumer Analysis Ltd ‘Me Time’ Report commissioned by The Children’s Mutual
 57 minutes
 1 hour 21 minutes
 1 hour 53 minutes
 1 hour 47 minutes
 2 hours 31 minutes
 64 minutes
 Mums = 1 hour 34 minutes / dads = 1 hour 37 minutes
 Based on contributions of £10 a month. Projection based on money being invested for 18 years in a stakeholder CTF account, alongside the Government’s initial £250 voucher and another £250 at age 7, with yearly growth at the FSA tax-exempt mid-rate of 7% and charges of 1.5% of the account’s value each year. These figures are not guaranteed, shares can go down as well as up and the eventual lump sum could be more or less than indicated.