Mums get to the office for a break from the kids

A new survey has found that most working mothers enjoy getting to the office for a bit - to get a break from stressful kids.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

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Around two-thirds (68%) of women surveyed said that they enjoy being at the office because it gives them some precious adult time away from ‘maternal duties’. Around three-quarters (76%) said that financial pressure cajoled them into going back to work after having a baby, but 17% said that needing a break from the children was principle factor in opting to go back to work.

Look at it from the other way around and only 23% of mothers surveyed said they got no pleasure at all from spending some time away from their offspring.

In an interview with pollsters for, one mother said: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mum and it’s by far the most important part of my life. But children are so demanding. It’s lovely to get away for a few hours and be a professional person again instead of a mum.’

Another said: ‘I’d gotten so used to the sound of screaming children that I’d forgotten what the quiet hum of an office sounds like. I must admit I do enjoy the break and when it’s time to go home it’s wonderful to be able to step back into the mother role again. It isn’t easy to juggle work and being a great mum but if you can get the balance right it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to do both.’

Interestingly, the women interviewed chose to remain anonymous. Would they have done so if the survey had been asking fathers about their reasons for returning to work, we wonder?

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