5 Facts about Stay-at-Home Moms

In an attempt to accurately picture a day in the life of a stay-at-home mom, the women’s magazine Redbook released the results of their project titled “The Mom Gig.” After compiling the surveys of over 550 women who wrote down their activities hour by hour, here are five facts we now know about stay-at-home moms:

87% are awake before 6 a.m.
“I knew that people had a lot of misconceptions about how stay-at-home moms spend their time,” author Laura Vanderkam told TODAY Parents. “People believe moms are sitting around doing nothing, or that 100 percent of their time is consumed by childcare. Neither is the case — which the Redbook study showed.”

72% say society doesn’t understand how much they do.
“Some favorite entries: ‘replenish water in tarantula’s cage,’ ‘checked for monsters,’ ‘made temporary leash since dog chewed it to pieces,’ and ‘desperately tried to accomplish 500 tasks in 30 minutes,’” Vanderkam said.

Staying at home is the preferred choice for most moms.
“They would like to limit their hours, and they want to work from home, so they have the flexibility to attend school events and manage their households,” said Vanderkam in response to 36% of moms wanting to stay home. “There aren’t many traditional jobs that meet these conditions.”

62% of SAHMs contribute to their family’s income.
“I did find it surprising how blurred the lines are between staying at home and working,” said Vanderkam. “There are lots of different ways to work these days, so it makes sense that people are combining work and staying at home.”

Moms with four children are the happiest.
“Four children will mellow all but the most stubborn of perfectionists,” Vanderkam said. “I suspect moms of big families are more likely to take a little clutter in stride and just enjoy their boisterous homes.”

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