It Can Be Harder To Stay At Home With The Kids Than Go To Work, Survey Says

This might give you new appreciation for the hard work of stay-at-home parents everywhere.

Everyone understands that parenthood isn't easy. From dirty diapers to temper tantrums, raising the next generation can seem daunting and thankless at times. But, as one new study indicates, some parents might have it harder than others


According to a recent survey conducted by Aveeno Baby, being a stay-at-home parent might be even harder than working a full-time job. 

"Becoming a parent is an amazing experience, but we understand that entering this new chapter of life can also bring with it a great deal of stress and worry, so we wanted to discover more about what new parents experience in the first few years, what they wish they had known and how best we can support them," Aveeno Baby Skin expert Rebecca Bennett told The Sun.

Of the 1,500 mothers and fathers polled throughout the U.K., 31 percent agree that staying home with the kids is harder than going to work every day. Researchers discovered that 55 percent of parents believe that having a baby is hard work, even with a strong support system in tow, while 25 percent of those polled thought having a baby was easy. Ultimately, 45 percent of the mothers surveyed said they wouldn't be able to handle caring for an infant without their own mom's advice.  

Father reading to son. 
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In addition, 71 percent of moms and dads think social media makes parenting more competitive and 22 percent of those polled felt the pressure to be a perfect parent. New parents also have a lot to worry about, as 27 percent of participants stress over their child's development, 22 percent worry about their baby's eating habits, and nine percent are concerned about their child's sleep patterns.

However, despite this heightened level of anxiety, 42 percent of parents said having a child was the first time they truly felt unconditional love. 

One previous survey, conducted by The Bump and Forbes, also addressed the struggle between staying at home and going to work, revealing that, while 34 percent of working moms wish they could stay at home instead, 47 percent would prefer not to work at all. Instead, most are doing it out of necessity, and 48 percent agreed that staying at home is a privilege many families can't afford. However, 43 percent also admitted they've been judged for not spending enough time with the kids for which they are working to provide.

Another study, conducted by Harvard Business School, revealed that, with regard to overall life satisfaction, children with working mothers turn out to be just as happy as kids with stay-at-home mothers. Children that are surrounded by love and stability, in fact, are more likely to succeed regardless of their mother's job status. Thus, parents should base their personal and professional decisions on what works best for their family.

While stay-at-home parents sometimes feel judged by those who don't understand their situation, these mothers and fathers should take great pride in knowing that the challenges they face now will surely pay dividends later on as their children grow into compassionate, successful adults.

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