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As schools go back it transpires that mums end up being just as busy on holiday as they are when they’re at home a study found yesterday.
Four out of ten find the annual family holiday stressful with mums still taking the responsibility for unpacking, doing washing and preparing meals for their family.
Instead of relaxing round the pool or on the beach with their family, a third of mums say they often find themselves picking up and cleaning up after their family instead.
As a result four in ten mums feel like their family takes advantage of them when they are on holiday.
The research, commissioned by the UK’s leading children’s safety swimwear specialist, Splash About quizzed mums about how relaxing they found family holidays.
Desri Goodwin, managing director of Splash About said: “Any mum will tell you that going on holiday doesn’t necessarily mean you get a holiday from the chores. It’s a real pity that so many mums are working harder on holiday than they do when they are at home. Summer holidays are a great opportunity to spend real quality time with the family and doing the chores eats in to this time.”
Full time mums get hit the hardest and they are more likely to end up taking the same amount of responsibility with the kids and the chores that they do at home with one in twenty mums finding themselves babysitting the kids while other adults go off and enjoy themselves.
Desri Goodwin comments: “Nearly half of mums end up preparing meals while they are away. The holidays are a great opportunity to help kids develop their sense of independence. Without the pressure of time constraints we have at home you can get them involved in preparing their own meals – from choosing great fresh produce to making bright colourful salads and even trying some easy-to-cook dishes. Giving kids an added sense of freedom whether in the kitchen or in the pool is something they relish and you see the benefits of back at home.”
Nearly a third say that they clean the bathroom everyday despite being on holiday with most saying that no one would do it otherwise.
Half of mums get cross about the work they end up doing on holiday but say that it’s an inevitable part of the family holiday.
Nearly one in ten says she doesn’t even enjoy her family holiday.
Four out of ten say they vacuum when they are away and three in ten say they change the bed sheets. Desri feels this is a waste of precious family time: “my kids are now in their twenties and when we look back on their childhood holidays neither refers to clean and tidy the accommodation was – just about the times we had having fun on the beach and by the pool. Seems sad to think so many women are so focused on keeping things precise that they and their kids are missing out on making lasting memories.”
A fifth even end up ironing while on holiday which is why 54 per cent say they actively try and book all inclusive breaks in the hope that it will give them more of a break.
As well as running around after their family a quarter of mums also end up worrying about the jobs they have left behind and end up checking work emails.
Desri Goodwin said: “As a self-employed working mum I was definitely guilty of taking my work on holiday with me. Fortunately for me, being in and around the pool and the sea with my kids helped inspire and evolve Splash About into the brand it is today but I would urge mums to leave the Blackberry at home, kick back and enjoy their vacation and make the most of their children as they grow up all too quickly.”
Splash About was established ten years ago and the unique swimwear and accessories are now available in 21 countries.
TOP TEN CHORES MUMS DO ON HOLIDAY
1. HANG UP CLOTHES TO DRY
2. UNPACK FOR EVERYONE
3. TIDY UP
4. SHOP FOR FOOD
5. PREPARE BREAKFAST
7. PREPARE LUNCH
8. CLEAN BATHROOM
9. DO LAUNDRY
10. CHANGE SHEETS
Any mum will tell you that going on holiday doesn’t necessarily mean you get a holiday from the choresDesri Goodwin, managing director of Splash About