Anyone can be Time-Crunched, but these Family Groups always rank high!
Time-Crunch is when we don’t feel that we have enough time to do what we want. Most know that feeling, and some of us live continuously with that feeling. In a previous article we learned two categories that have higher levels of time-crunch:
- those working (Time-Crunch Pool #1) and
- those with children at home under the age of 18 (Time-Crunch Pool #2).
Put those two together and we quickly see that they merge with the FAMILY. Let’s look a little deeper, and understand the challenges and opportunities that Families have.
The majority of families have at least one member working (Time-Crunch Pool #1)!
- 80.3% of families have at least one working member, as reported by a the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many Families have children at home under the age of 18 (Time Crunch Pool #2)?
- 42.2% of Families have children under the age of 18.
- Very few of Families with children are maintained by the father only!
Only 3.0% of the 42.2% of Families with Children are maintained by Fathers only.
See the simple chart below:
Single Parent Families Increase the Time-Crunch challenge!
- 27.3%, or over 1 in 4 families are Maintained by a Single Parent!
That is quite a number – more that 1 in 4 families have the increased pressure where one Parent carries a substantial load, hopefully offset by family and friends help.
- Of those Single Parent families, the vast majority are maintained by women!
Women are 19.3% of the overall 27.3%
See the simple chart below.
Crissi D summarized the Single Parent Challenge this way in her blog response:
“Everything, from time to expenses to chores is limited in a single parent home…. And you can’t slack off or it builds up against what you have available…Single parenting is a really hard job…”
So Families are under even more Time-Stress pressure, combining in some cases Work, Children, and a significant Single Parent component. What can we do about our Time-Crunch related stress, no matter what category we are in?
That it what DouglasCalvin.com addresses as a community, and will be the subject of upcoming articles in this series … see you then!
Is Time-Crunch real in your life? Share one brief example of where you feel it the most! ☺ Participate in the community; leave your comment below…
Doug and Janet
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