Monday, June 3, 2013

The Most Stressed Out Moms

I heard about the results of a survey where they polled 7,000 U.S. mothers.  Who do you think reported the highest levels of stress - moms of one child, two children, three children, or moms of four or more children?

The survey found it was the moms of three kids who were the most stressed!

Do you want to see the survey?  Here it is.

Surprised with the results?  I know I talked to several moms at a dinner this evening who were.  But, I get it.  As a mom of four kids, I see it.  That once you have four kids, you just have to let many things go and not worry about them.  Things you might still be trying to do or do well with 3 kids but they are really not easy to stay on top of for more than 1 or 2 children.  I know I always say about our experience going from 3 to 4 kids that it was already chaos with 3, so yeah, what's 1 more?  Except maybe an excuse for the chaos!

What do you think?  What number of children is the most stressful?  And why would moms of 4 or more report less stress than moms of 3?

1 comment:

  1. I saw that study too! I'm think I was more stressed when we added the third than I was with two. Going from 1 to 2 was easy for me, adding the third was tougher. But now that we've been at 3 for awhile, I'm less stressed. I commented to another mom (who has four) that I like myself better as a mom of three because I've had to learn to let things go more. We're planning for 4 though - so I'm hopeful I'll be even less stressed with another one! ha! :)


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