New Mums Worldwide Losing Out on 100 Billion Hours of Sleep in the First Year of Parenthood

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New mums on average lose 50 hours of sleep in their first year of parenthood, with 2 billion mums worldwide this amounts to a huge 100 billion hours of sleep lost! Regardless of this lack of sleep mums are super heroes, working tirelessly to ensure that everybody is cared for, leaving little time for themselves.

A combination of work, parenting duties and responsibilities means the average mum ends up working a 98-hour work week. With their days usually starting around 6am, on average Mums work 14-hour days. Parenting isn’t a typical 9-5, mums don’t get to clock out for the weekends.

In 2019, Mother’s Day falls on the 31st March. Traditionally Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is officially called in the UK, was the day when children who worked as domestic servants could visit their families. They would spend the day looking after their mothers and making the most of their time with them.

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“Celebrate and care”

Today, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days in retail; it is the largest for the flower industry and year on year over £45 million is spent on Mother’s Day cards alone. Despite these figures, a MumsNet survey found that most Mums prefer a homemade gift for Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day why not take it back to tradition and use the day to celebrate and care for mum, without the expensive flowers and cards.

Room to Grow’s top 4 thoughtful gift ideas for Mother’s Day:

• Homemade Cards – all you need to make a thoughtful and personal gift for mum is some card and felt tip pens. Don’t be afraid to get creative, maybe include a poem or drawing to make it extra special.
• Day Trip – Why not spend some time and money on a memorable experience rather than physical gifts. Mums are notorious planners, usually it falls on them to plan activities for the family. She will surely appreciate a planned day out to somewhere she loves, maybe add a nice lunch or picnic?
• A Lie In – After all that sleep mums miss out on in their first year of parenthood, let her make up for lost time and sleep in.
• Tell her you love her – The greatest gift of all is love and appreciation. Let mum know she is doing a great job and all her work is appreciated.

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