Being a stay-at-home mother is a thankless job: Shilpa Shetty

Being a stay-at-home mother is a thankless job: Shilpa Shetty

"There (in job) you have breaks and you can switch-off. Here, it’s a thankless job. You are underpaid and overworked."

Stay-at-home mothers often complain that they do not get the respect and appreciation for the work that they do the whole day. While many have quite often voiced their opinions on this sensitive topic, today actress Shilpa Shetty has also reiterated the fact that being a stay-at-home mother is actually quite a thankless job.

Shilpa said that when you're working you get at least some time to switch-off or take a break, but when at home you cannot do that.

“I totally respect the fact that if you are a homemaker, it’s even more than a full-time job. There (in job) you have breaks and you can switch-off. Here, it’s a thankless job. You are underpaid and overworked,” she said in an interview.

The actress also said that women are better at multi-tasking and are way ahead of men.


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“Women are doing everything and anything. I can even go to the extent of saying that they are doing it better than men. There isn’t anything that we are not capable of doing," she said.

She added that women play so many roles all at the same time and that in itself is commendable.

"We are multi-faceted personalities and are able to multi-task much better than men. We look after our family. We take care of our in-laws, children, our husbands, which is a full-time job in itself... and plus we bring home the bread. There are a lot of women who are doing all of that today,” she added.

The real mothers heard survey...

While Shilpa has spoken on a very important subject, the truth is Indian mothers, whether stay at home or working, are always under a lot of pressure to be perfect and the best.

A recent survey conducted by Baby Dove India revealed some shocking details about Indian mothers and the pressures they go through. The "Real mothers Heard" survey that was conducted among 1,000 Indian mothers by Edelman India on behalf of Dove

The survey revealed some glaring statistics that would make you ponder:

  1. While 79 percent mothers feel that motherhood is the happiest time of their life, 90 percent feel the pressure to be a perfect parent.
  2. 70 percent feel overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice on parenting and 70 per cent wonder if what they are doing as a mother is good enough.
  3. Only 78 per cent feel confident in their abilities as a mother and 77 percent feel they instinctively know what's right for their baby.
  4. Despite this, a whopping 70 percent sometimes question themselves about the choices they are making for their child.
  5. 67 percent working mothers report that they feel guilty about going to work
  6. 7 in 10 mothers feel they do not have enough time for themselves
  7. 54 percent mothers want to go back to work

Also read: "Mumma, why can't you stay at home with me like other mothers?"

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