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Science Says Husbands Stress Their Wives Two Times More Than Their Kids : Here’s Why

It’s a standard running joke that women tend to see their husbands as an extra child in the family. Regarding the amount of stress they produce, anybody would most likely believe it without statistics. However, according to the stats, almost half of all moms strongly feel this way. Moreover, a broad survey performed by “Today” suggests that 46 percent of 70,000 US mothers said that husbands were a more substantial source of stress rather than dealing with children.

“A 7-year-old is going to be a 7-year-old. But a 35-year-old acting like a 7-year-old is more stressful because they should know better,” mom Deno Fleno commented.

The average stress level for moms is high at 8.5 out of 10.

Spouses form a major source of stress on a regular basis.

“I am exhausted emotionally and physically when my husband comes home. He feels like another job,” was another answer given to the survey.

Source: Alexander Dummer

75 percent of moms feel that they need to do most of the parenting and household chores.

Splitting up household tasks is another primary source of stress, about one in five moms are stressed because their spouse doesn’t provide much help with household tasks. However, a sort of verbal pat on the back, if you will, is all they need to help more around the house. Today, indicated that two-thirds of dads would like to have more verbal acknowledgment.

Source: Lela Johnson

Apparently, women feel that “dad stress” can’t be compared to the stress they endure.

“Even though I have a committed spouse, I still feel like all the pressure is on ME to get everything done. I work just as many hours as my husband does, but yet I do all the scheduling.”

“I feel like I am figuring out a lot about parenting on my own without the input of my husband. This stresses me out because when something goes wrong, it is all my fault.”

“He gets all the time he wants and I get none. I can’t even take a relaxing bath without my husband bringing the baby to me.”

“Often times it seems like I am the only adult in my house. My husband and daughter compete with me for my attention.”

Source: Alexander Dummer

According to therapist Hal Runkel, communication is of utmost importance. And as surprising as the results may seem, single moms reported the highest levels of stress.

“Marriage is a more difficult relationship than parenting.”  – Therapist Hal Runkel.

Although children and husbands might leave emotional scars and endless worries, they give you everything that life truly needs. Turning lives into one long treat! At the end of the day, making the stress of parenting all the more worth it.

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