The Time We Spend Shuttling Our Kids to School Equals a Part-Time Job | Working Mother

The Time We Spend Shuttling Our Kids to School Equals a Part-Time Job

No wonder we're so tired all the time.

Mom Buckling Child Up in Back Seat of Car

Working parents drive their kids so often, two-thirds say it's disrupted their work on a regular basis.

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Ever feel like your family's unpaid personal chauffeur due to how frequently you find yourself driving the kids around? You're not alone. According to a new survey, the average parent spends so much time shuttling their children back and forth—to school, soccer practice, etc.—it's the equivalent of a part-time job!

The Second Annual Survey on the State of Back to School Transportation in America, which comes from HopSkipDrive, found that 38 percent of families spend more than five hours a week driving their kids. One-third spend more than 10 hours dropping off and picking up their children.

According to the survey, working parents drive their kids so often, two-thirds say it's disrupted their work on a regular basis. Twenty-four percent, meanwhile, think their kids are losing out on important enrichment activities because they can't get reliable transportation.

As for Uber and Lyft, 48 percent of parents had no idea these ride-sharing apps are not licensed to transport unaccompanied minors.

This isn't the first time a study has attempted to quantify how much work parents do for their families outside of their day jobs. Back in July, we reported on a study that found that the average working mom works 98 hours a week—that's like two full-time jobs—when you factor in family duties.

The findings are further proof that working moms are super diligent, and those minutes per day they spend driving their kids around really do add up. Whoever said being a mom is a full-time job is wrong; it's clearly much, much more than that.

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