Long car journeys, bedtime, and shopping with the family: Mothers reveal the things that REALLY stress them out
17:48 GMT, 7 November 2012
If the half term holidays had you pulling your hair out and the thought of yet another hellish supermarket trip with the children sending you over the edge, you're not alone.
A new study detailing the biggest stress triggers for parents has been revealed – and almost all of the tasks parents need to carry out on a daily basis make the list.
Shopping with children, getting them ready for bed and going on long car journeys are among the most hated tasks carried out by mothers.
Tense: Mothers cite the weekly shop, bedtime and long car journeys as their top three stress triggers, a new study has revealed
The study of 2,000 mothers found that the
weekly shop, full of tantrums and relentless requests for chocolate and
biscuits, topped the list as the most stressful event for mothers.
MOTHERS' TOP 20 STRESSFUL SITUATIONS
1. Doing the weekly shop
3. Long car journeys
4. Getting children to eat certain foods
5. Going to someone’s house where they don’t have children
6. Being stuck in a traffic jam
7. Meal times
8. Entertaining children on a rainy day
9. Getting kids in and out of the car
10. Getting children dressed in the mornings
11. Bath time
12. Busy attractions and days out
13. Packing for a holiday
14. Cleaning children’s teeth
15. Shopping for new clothes
16. Getting children to eat their food
17. A child’s birthday party
19. Eating out
20. Going on holiday
Meal times also proved tricky, as did getting young kids to travel in the car, getting them dressed, and providing entertainment on rainy days – all of which leave mothers feeling stressed at least three times a day.
A spokesman for Ford retail, who commissioned the research, said 'Being a parent can be testing at the best of times, but it seems there are certain situations which are worse than others.'
'Traveling with young children is clearly a key stress factor – whether mothers are struggling to get young children in and out of car seats, entertaining them on long journeys or dealing with traffic jams, the issues are apparent.'
With bath times, getting children dressed and birthday parties ranking high on the list too, more than one in 20 mothers admit to feeling stressed every minute of the day.
Forty per cent of mums also revealed that keeping to a schedule on a busy weekday morning is the most stressful part of their week.
However, 41 per cent of parents also confided that stress helps to motivate them, with 82 per cent saying that all is forgotten with a smile or cuddle from their kids.