Britain's exhausted mums are taking time out to escape the kids - on 'mumshine breaks', it has emerged.
A study of 2,000 mums revealed 44 per cent have found the time to get away on a trip with girly pals to relax and recharge their batteries.
Overall one in four have taken a short break in the last six months.
It also emerged many mums are booking breaks purely so they can enjoy a lie-in or two, while others use the opportunity to reconnect with their friends.
One fifth said they used the break to do more grown-up activities like visiting museums, while getting to sit down and get stuck into a god book were also considered important.
Oliver Bell from luxury villa holiday company Oliver’s Travels, who commissioned the study, said: “Motherhood is an incredibly tough undertaking, and while we are sure the vast majority of mums would say it is well worth the effort, that doesn’t mean a break isn’t needed now and then.
“A ‘mumshine break’ can be a perfect opportunity to recharge the batteries and get away from the motherly routine – ideally in the sunshine.”
In a list of ‘mumshine break’ destinations, Scotland came out on top, followed by Cornwall and Wales.
For those who have been able to escape abroad, France, Italy and Mallorca were the most popular destinations to take a ‘mumshine break’ overseas.
Of those mums who have taken a ‘mumshine break’, 68 per cent considered the getaway a crucial experience for maintaining their sanity against the pressures of being a modern mum.
When asked to consider the stressful aspects of being a mum, two in five wish they were able to get more sleep, and 36 per cent feel the pressure when trying to get the kids ready for school each day.
One in five get stressed trying to stock the cupboard for their fussy-eaters, and a third are worn out trying to get their little ones to go to bed.
And one in two mums believe the school summer holidays to be one of the more stressful times to be a parent.
After the six long weeks of keeping the kids entertained, mums are most likely to feel the need for a ‘mumshine break’ in the week after the school summer holidays.
Mums begin to feel the first holiday pangs one year after their child has been born, and will start to feel they need another break every 10 months.
Though 63 per cent of those surveyed in the study, conducted by OnePoll, reckon their partner can escape the rigours of parenthood for a break with friends more often than they are.
Oliver added: “As someone with two kids of their own, I can talk first-hand about the challenges of parenthood and the need to take a break from it all now and then.
“At Oliver’s Travels we are launching our own collection of ‘mumshine break’ villas in the UK, France, Italy and Spain, to give tough mothers a chance to get away from it all in comfort and luxury.”
To view Oliver’s Travels ‘Mumshine Break’ villas visit www.oliverstravels.com/mumshine-breaks
TOP 20 MUMSHINE BREAK DESTINATIONS:
9. The Cotswolds
14. Canary Islands
TOP 20 MUM STRESSES:
1. Not getting enough sleep
2. Getting the kids ready for school each day
3. Getting the kids to bed on time
4. Making sure the kids eat healthily
5. Buying and budgeting for Christmas/birthday presents
6. Getting the work/home balance - spending time with the kids while earning
7. Making sure the kids aren't watching things they shouldn't online
8. Trying to discipline kids when they're misbehaving in public
9. Comforting your child about something you can't fix
10. Laundry - especially when kids get a new favourite thing they want to wear all day everyday
11. Cooking for picky eaters
12. Going shopping with easily distracted kids
13. Getting kids to clean their teeth and brush their hair
14. Organising play dates/ kids parties/sleepovers
15. When a kid has a growth spurt and needs a whole new wardrobe
16. Finding time to cook dinner and resisting ordering a takeaway/ready meal
17. Making conversation with other mums at the school gates
18. Saving up for possible further education/the future
19. Trying to get siblings to share toys
20. Having to do their homework for them
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