Parenting more than full-time

Stuff reports:

Being a parent takes up more time each day than a fulltime job, Statistics New Zealand figures show.

The average Kiwi parent spent more than eight hours a day caring for children, and some mothers were spending twice that, social statistics manager Steve Manning said.

Parents with children under 14 spent on average eight hours and 18 minutes a day caring for their children.

“The information from the Time Use Survey 2009-10 shows mothers on average spend four hours a day more than fathers caring for children,” Mr Manning said.

“Mothers of young children [under 5 years] spend on average 12 hours a day caring for them.”

This doesn’t surprise me. I think those who have not had kids can only imagine the intensity of being a parent.

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