Mums blame family for stress levels

Family causes more worry than finances or work problems for mums.

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UK mums find their children cause more stress than worries over paying bills, work issues or love life problems, a study commission by frozen food company Chicago Town has revealed.

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For 54% of mums, the biggest factor contributing to their stress levels was their family’s unrealistic expectation of them to be a ‘domestic goddess’ – that is, deal with child concerns, household chores, family meals, marital issues and their looks.

Concerns over children were said to be the major stress factor for 37% of mums surveyed. But financial worries came a close second, at 32%. As for the juggling work and family life, only 5% stated work-related problems were the primary cause of their stress. Only 4% said their love life was the biggest cause.

According to the Chicago Town survey, the top 10 stress factors for us mums are:

  1. Concerns over children
  2. Money worries
  3. Household chores
  4. Extended family
  5. Appearance
  6. Work problems
  7. Marital issues
  8. Social life/Me Time
  9. Feeding the family within budget
  10. Pets
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