What to Read Next

Mums would earn £2,500 over Christmas if they charged for their services

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
26 November 2012

Though dad and the kids offer to help in everything from tree decorating to preparing the turkey, it’s mums who are still doing the vast majority of essential tasks over Christmas.

Mums do thousands of pounds worth of work over the festive period, with families relying on them for everything from present buying to counselling.

Jobs that mums take on over Christmas include child care, counselling, food shopping, gift buying, meal planning, seam-stressing, tree decorating and taxi driving.

And according to new research, this all adds up to £2,500 - without even factoring in the double time that would be expected for chauffeuring on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


[Related: Meet 2012's must-have Christmas toys]



Debenhams Personal Finance adds up mum’s Christmas rates:

Chauffeur – Taxi drivers work on £13 an hour, and with all the festive ferrying children around to friends and family’s houses, plus parties and Christmas activities, that adds up to an average 14 hours, an overall total of £280.

Chef – Based on a basic salary of £13 an hour (though your mum might be worth more than that in the kitchen) for 11 hours (four hours planning festive meals, five hours preparing Christmas dinner, two hours sorting out leftovers on Boxing Day) is a total of £143. Plus, add to that waitressing and ‘bar tending’ at say £7 an hour for 18 hours over the whole period, adding £126 to the bill, totalling £269.

Personal shopper – An average 14 hours of personal shopping would be worth £840 by a professional, plus an extra £100 for general chores such as picking up the turkey.

Not to mention present wrapping, which stores charge around £8 an hour for. Around 12 hours of this over two or three days gives a total of £96.

Cleaning – With the family descending on the house, plus extra clearing away meals for more people, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and we’re talking around 14 hours of cleaning at an estimated £10 an hour equals £140.

Interior Design – Four hours equalling £120.

Laundry and General Housekeeping Service – With everyone home for Christmas, mum gets dumped with all the dirty laundry too, spending 11 hours of the festive period sorting clean and dirty clothes, washing, drying, ironing and putting away, four hours a week. At £10 an hour that’s a total of £110

Seamstress – preparing the costumes for the school nativity play. Four hours at £15 an hour equals £60
Life Coaching and Counselling – Mums are also expected to be the voice of reason when family rows break out, plus they give advice, make sure everyone gets along and even off relationship guidance for teenagers. At £20 an hour for 14 hours, we’re taking £280.


[Related: The best Christmas party dresses]



Phew! Makes you extra keen to give mum a hand this year, eh?

19 Celebs Who Have Experienced Homelessness

We assume that Hollywood stars have always been rich and successful. And while many did grow up with the silver spoon treatment, there are others...

Finally, a snoring fix that beats CPAP

Studies show snoring is far more dangerous to your health most people suspect. It's a real problem that needs a solution. I found THE solution.

The Best Western Actors From The 1950s

Westerns are an iconic part of American movie history. Here are 12 of the best western actors from the 1950s.

Snoring is worse for your health than you think.

Snoring causes headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Each leads to something more serious. Here's a simple SOLUTION to a very serious problem.

Snoring can cause health and relationship issues.

Snoring causes headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Each leads to something more serious. Here's a simple SOLUTION to a very serious problem.

Golfers: Hit Straight Every Time

12-Time PGA Winner Shows You How to Hit Longer, Straighter, More Accurately,

A "Must Know" PC Trick

People are blown away by learning this new information. This may totally "Shake Up" the entire PC industry. (Must Read)

How This 62 Year-Old Beat Wall Street

And the way he pulled it off will surprise you. All he had to do was take his remaining $1,500 in savings and...

A New Solution That Stops Snoring.

Studies show snoring is far more dangerous to your health most people suspect. It's a real problem that needs a solution. I found THE solution.

Unusual Cancer Warning Signs [21 Photos]

Know these warning signs. The earlier the better. You won't believe warning sign #7.

Navy Seal Flashlight Selling Out Fast

The Military has released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - limited supply!

How Homeowners Are Saving On Their Mortgages

Homeowners are in for a big surprise in 2016. If you own a home and owe less than $625,000 then you need to read this while there's still time...

Finally, a snoring fix that beats CPAP

If left untreated, it can lead to very serious consequences. I found a cure that beats CPAP

Get a Great 1-800 Number & Voicemail for Business

200,000+ Served. Pick Your Number Today and Try It Absolutely Free!