The Children's Mutual

The Children's Mutual

November 21, 2008 07:01 ET

Working Mums Short Changed on Me-Time

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2008) - 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!

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 Child Trust Fund provider found that 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.

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 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.

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 10GBP each month into a Child Trust Fund could grow to be worth 4,600GBP when the fund matures on the child's eighteenth birthday."

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