Working moms know how to juggle.
Yet no matter how much we multi-task, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done, both at the office and at home. A set of extra hands sure would come in handy and while many of us do have assistant in the office, many of us don’t have one at home.
A recent survey from iVillage and TODAY.com says more mothers say they would love to have some help, but they would prefer it to have an assistant at home rather than at work.
According to the survey, eight out of 10 working mothers earn at least half of their household’s income, yet the majority of women are also responsible for most of the household chores. Over 70 percent of the moms surveyed said say they would prefer an assistant at home over one at the office.
“Unfortunately, what working moms have the least time for is themselves,” said Kelly Wallace, chief correspondent for iVillage.
Work and home pressures not only “leave nearly half of working mothers feeling unhealthy, and about 40 percent said they do not have enough time with their children.”
These findings probably wouldn’t surprise anyone in the trenches of the day-to-day rat race. If I had a choice between an office assistant and an assistant at home who would allow me to walk into to a clean house and cooked dinner with chores done, I’d jump at the chance in a second, no questions asked.
After all, how many of us can go home and immediately focus on our child? It might be what we want to do first, but out of practicality, we must first make dinner and do minor household chores before we can play our children. And that causes stress. When the kids reach school-age, it can get even harder because they need to get their homework checked and off to bed on time. It’s one of the reasons why the evening hours are the most bewitching for many parents, and the most dreaded.
How nice would it be if our employers, upon seeing us frazzled offered some household help instead of an in-office assistant? Or even presented us with the choice? While it’s a dream to most, it would certainly result in more productivity, not to mention quality of life, don’t you think?
Would you prefer an assistant in the office or at home? What is the one chore you dread most when you get home from work?