Working mums paying the price

Mums are doing double shifts – full time work, full time mothering. Free childcare simply encourages the problem, and mothers are paying the price – literally! This latest study adds to the existing research showing that mums are being ripped off by being told that getting back to work is more important than being a mother to their young children. We should be equipping families to allow them the choice to have a stay-home parent during those critical early years.

Working mums miss out on sleep
AAP 23/11/2010

A study of young families has found working mums were two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from interrupted sleep than working dads. Mums were not only much more likely to get up at night to care for others, their sleep interruptions last longer – an average of 44 minutes for women compared to about 30 minutes for men. “Interrupted sleep is a burden borne disproportionately by women,” said sociologist Sarah Burgard, a researcher at the University of Michigan. “Career advancement opportunities could well be foregone if women reduce their paid work time or see their workplace performance affected because of exhaustion.” The study took in time-diary information from about 20,000 couples from 2003 to 2007, drawn from US census data.


1 comment for “Working mums paying the price

  1. Walter Reibeling
    23 November 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Why does this report *only* focus on working mums????

    Whilst the information is true, it is very biased and forgets totally about us working dads who get up for the kids at night.

    Please get these reports balanced!!

    I for one have not had many decent solid nights of sleep for almost 10years now as I am the one who hears the kids first at night. I am the one more tuned to the first sneezes or coughs or whimpers in the middle of the night.

    I wake up and have the (sometimes easily 1hr) break in sleep whilst I attend to the little one who has had a bad dream, a sore tummy, a wet bed, the aches, the pains, etc… you know what all happens with kids.

    Why oh why would I wake up my dear wife and have two of us awake?!?!

    I’m a working dad and I know first hand what this sleep interruption is all about. I’m sure there are many working mums that fit the description.

    But please people, remember us working dads too and not single out mums only, making it look like dads “have it easy” at night not caring for the kids.

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