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It Turns Out Parents Only Have 30 Minutes of “Me-Time” a Day

Being a parent is a selfless act, and most of the time they have almost no time left for themselves. To be precise, moms and dads only have 32 minutes each day to enjoy some me-time. It’s hard to imagine for those of us who don’t have kids, but some parents get even less free time in reality.

We at Bright Side couldn’t believe it when we saw this number, but it turned out to be true, according to a survey. And here’s what else the survey revealed!

How much time parents spend on their kids and themselves

A meal delivery service called Munchery interviewed 2,000 moms and dads. They found that parents only have 32 minutes a day on average just for themselves after they’re done with work and taking care of their kids.

The survey also found that parents actually try to hide from their children to get a few more minutes of rest.

According to the survey, 32% of parents can’t even finish their work until 8 pm. On average, parents with a full-time job spend 18 hours per week taking care of their child. 24% of parents spend 30 hours every week.

Add in a 40-hour work-week, the time it takes to get to work, a good night’s sleep, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, going to the grocery store, and running errands to that, and it’s crazy to see how little time there’s left for parents to have some much-deserved me-time.

How it affects their diet and finances

80% of parents say they don’t have enough time to cook, and 96% admitted that they eat more unhealthy food because of that. Parents can also be so busy with children that they don’t have time to eat. According to the survey, every year, parents skip 227 meals.

Being too busy to cook can also put a strain on your finances. 54% percent of parents said this is the main reason they order takeout. As a result, they spent $4,534 a year on average just on that.

Other researchers say it’s even less than 30 minutes.

Another study that surveyed 2,000 women found that mothers only have 17 minutes to themselves.

51% of the women who were interviewed said that sometimes they’d have to go through a whole week without a spare minute. And even if there was some free time left for them, 42% of mothers spent some of it to plan the next day.

Almost 75% of mothers also admitted that they felt like they were living their lives for other people. And more than half of them didn’t have enough time to pursue their own hobbies and interests.

How much free time do you get after you’ve taken care of your kids? Do you think there’s a way to carve out a bit more time for yourself? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!