Why Moms Need To Have Their Own Nap Time

How many times during the day do you stop and think: “I could really use a nap right about now?” Well, if you’re a mom, a study shows you may tend to feel more fatigued during the daily grind than most dads.

The American Time Use Survey, sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that moms spend almost twice the amount of time caring for children and doing household chores than men. But, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times, dads – to their credit — do spend much more time than they used to on these activities. The survey included more than 4,800 parents with children under the age of 18.

What was interesting about the study is that both parents devote nearly equal attention to their children, but their focus is in different areas. Moms, for example, dedicate more time to childcare, while dads are more likely to partake in fun activities and playtime.
Another interesting fact is that even though they were worn out, moms weren’t exactly unhappy with their tasks. In fact, they felt a sense of gratification.
“Despite their exhaustion, moms were more likely than dads to say they felt happy while caring for their kids. Both moms and dads said childcare was much more meaningful for them than other work, with parents calling 62% of childcare activities ‘very meaningful,’ versus 36% for activities at work,” the article states.

So what else did women find meaningful despite their exhaustion? Believe it or not, the answer is housework. The study indicated that women called 46% of activities such as household chores “very meaningful,” compared to 28% among men. Kinda makes you view those four loads of laundry a little differently, right?

Wondering why women find these activities more satisfying than men? Well, according to scholars, mothers still feel their identity is more closely linked to domestic activities than fathers do….so caring for children and doing housework gives them a sense of pride. It sounds somewhat old-fashioned and it’s obviously not the case in every family, but it does give some insight as to why so many moms are pretty happy – but could really use a nice nap.