Parents Get Just 48 Minutes To Themselves A Day

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Hard-working parents don’t get to finally put their feet up until 8:53pm, a study has found. The incredible extent to which running a home leaves mums and dads with very little ‘down time’ was revealed by a study of 2,000 parents.

Parents get just 48 minutes of time to themselves a day. And eight in ten wish they had more spare time. One in ten said it was gone 10pm by the time they finally managed to relax after the stresses and strains of managing everything family life throws at them.

Two thirds of parents’ evenings are frittered away preparing and cooking dinner. And one third agreed dinnertime is one of the most stressful periods of the day.

Claire Davenport, CEO of recipe kit delivery service HelloFresh, which commissioned the study to launch its new Family Box, said: “Family life has become a juggling act. Where more parents are working to make ends meet, evenings are no longer a time to relax and unwind.

“We hate to think of so many parents finding dinnertimes stressful and we are always looking to provide solutions to help them make more time for themselves.

“Evenings used to be an opportunity for families to come together, but with so much to get done mums and dads are left with a fraction of time to make dinner into a family event.”

Within the top 20 list of things busying parents in the evening are buying food for dinner, washing clothes and helping the kids with homework.

And deciding what to have for dinner is absorbing time for over a quarter of parents, and stirring anxiety in one sixth of mums and dads.

Nearly one third of parents are kept busy trying to get the family to sit down to dinner, with trying to get kids to finish their dinner consuming time for 28 per cent.

Three quarters of mums and dads struggle to get their kids to try new foods, cooking something their family don’t like once a week.

Nearly half of parents are planning meals for the week in a bid to save time over deciding what to eat, which is a regular struggle for nearly two thirds of mums and dads.

Arguments with their partner is triggering stress levels in one fifth of parents where arguments over who will cook dinner being a common occurrence for one quarter of couples.

Mums and dads are spending the equivalent of eight hours and 22 minutes a week on dinnertime; from choosing what to eat to doing the washing up.



1. Preparing and cooking dinner

2. Doing the dishes

3. Getting the kids to bed

4. Cleaning

5. Bathing the kids

6. Helping the kids with homework

7. Washing/ironing clothes

8. Getting the family to sit down to dinner at the same time

9. Household admin

10. Feeding the pets/Walking the dog

11. Trying to get the kids to finish their dinner

12. Deciding with the family on what to have for dinner

13. Play games with the kids

14. Prepare lunches for the next day

15. Ferrying kids to and from school, clubs and friend’s houses

16. Buying food for dinner

17. Settling arguments within the family

18. Replying to work emails

19. Take part in your own hobby or sport

20. Finishing off work




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