SEOUL, Korea, Mar 7 (Korea Bizwire) – One of two working mothers grumbled that they had no time for themselves, a survey said. Especially 64.2 percent of those with preschool kids replied so.
According to a survey conducted by a job portal, JobKorea, 62 percent of working moms answered that they needed their own time to relieve their stress from both house chore and office work. Also 20 percent replied that they needed time for their self-improvement for the office work. However, only 49 percent said that they spent time only for them.
In reality, 81.0 percent of the working moms once considered quitting their jobs due to the hardship juggling a job and running a household at the same time. As much as 40 percent of them answered that they thought it before their kids started attending school.
To a multiple choice question as to when they wanted to quit their jobs, “when I physically feel tired” came the first with 35.0 percent of answers. “When I couldn’t care for my sick child” and “When there is no one to care for my kid” accounted for 34.0 percent.
However, 70 percent of them could not quit their job because of the burden from childcare expenses and 36.0 percent kept on working out of fear that they wouldn’t get a job again in the future.
Nine out of 10 working moms (91.0%) will work again even after they quit their job now and 33.0 percent of them will work again to help their household economically. Meanwhile, most working moms (95.0%) feel sorry for their children for not having much time together with them.
Shin Eui-jin, psychiatry professor at Yonsei University, said, “Working moms don’t need to feel sorry for their work. Bad mothers are not working moms but moms who don’t satisfy with their lives and feel themselves unhappy.”