If you’re a woman under 50, chances are you grew up being told you could ‘have it all’.
In reality, however, you’re more likely to be doing it all.
Most mothers are struggling to juggle their careers and their families, leaving them stressed out at work and frazzled at home, a survey found.
On top of all that, many said they fretted about making sure they looked good.
They say their lives are tougher than their own mothers’ were 30 years ago, because they were allowed to stay at home and raise their children without the pressure to work.
Of those who worked, almost half said they felt guilty that their career had stopped them from spending enough quality time with their offspring.
This was compounded by the fact that a quarter of working women said they were their household’s main breadwinner.
More than 5,000 mothers aged 20 to 70 were questioned on their work-life balance.
Many of those surveyed called themselves the ‘doing it all, not having it all’ generation.
While 54 per cent said it was important for them to have a good job, 73 per cent admitted feeling under pressure to keep their homes clean and tidy.
Seven out of ten said they still did all the cooking and cleaning, and eight of ten did the washing and ironing too.