When was the last time you had a day off from being a Mum? Yep, I know it's a controversial question - mums don't get days off, and all that - but according to The Sun, us mums get just one day off every 5.5 months.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling seriously short-changed because I'm struggling to think of the last time I ever had a day off from being a mum!
The Sun reports:
By the time the average child reaches 16, mothers have had only 34 days of rest. That is equivalent to what a worker in full-time employment would clock up in a mere three months. One in five mums say they have not had a single day to themselves since starting a family. And one in seven who do actually take time off cut it short because they feel guilty leaving their kids.
The stats stem from an Asda Money report, which also found that mums pretty much run Christmas, and hence the festive season tends to be when we're least likely to get a quiet day to ourselves.
When mums do get a rare day off to spend as they please, most of us (30 per cent) would apparently most love to spend it by putting our feet up whilst watching a DVD box set. Next up in terms of the most popular way to pass the time on a 'mum day off' is to go shopping.
I've got a friend who swears by a regular 'mum day off'. She reckons it keeps her sane, replenishes her energy for running around after three kids, and ensures that she doesn't run screaming from the house at the slightest squabble on a difficult day with her kids.
But we'd love to hear your thoughts on this story. Do you take regular mum days off? And if so, how do you like to use the time to yourself? Come and tell us all about it over on our Facebook page. I might just learn a thing or two...