Spending time with your kids is more than rewarding. Children are in constant need of our attention, love, care and acknowledgement. But, as most parents would agree, children a great responsibility to take on and actually do it right. With that, it is safe to say that kids can sometimes have an exhausting effects on our mind and body.
Even though you love your children, taking the time off to be your own person is also important. For an obvious reason, all parents need to take the time to find balance in raising their children and still keeping their life together. Because of that, more and more studies analyzed the effects on spending a whole day with children as opposed to going to work for the day. What researchers found was that, at times, spending the day at work can be less demanding and energy-draining than staying at home with the kids.
From feeding, bathing, playing, cuddling, story-telling to educating, and putting the kids to sleep, the seemingly easy practices are the most energy-draining.
And while many cannot let go of feeling guilty when leaving their children for the day, studies are now urging parents to take a much-deserved rest and go back to work.
The AVEENO Baby U.K. Survey
A survey conducted all across the U.K. found that parents show higher stress when spending the whole day at home, caring for the kids. The study examined 1,500 subjects, some of which were stay-at-home parents and others were fully employed.
Once completed, the study presented the following results:
- 31% of the parents noted that staying at home with the kids is more stressful than spending the day at work.
- 40% of the parents agreed that having a child, they have become less judgmental of other parents.
- 55% explained that caring for a baby is challenging, even with helping hands involved.
- 25% of the parents assured that having a baby is not a difficulty at all.
- 45 % of all mothers in the study explained that baby books didn’t do the trick for them. Instead, these women relied on their mothers’ advice.
- 39% of the parents confirmed they are suffering from exhaustion.
- 71% of the parents became more competitive after having a baby.
- 27% of the moms and dads felt they are under pressure to be perfect parents.
- 22% of the parents expressed worry about their baby’s eating habits.
- 9% remained worried about the quality of sleep their baby is getting.
Even so, around 42% of the parents showed remarkable and lasting love for their first baby.
‘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,’ explained Aveeno Baby Skin expert, Rebecca Bennett.
All in all, it takes a village to raise a healthy and happy baby. That said, we have to learn to be more forgiving of ourselves and other parents, too. At the end of the day, we are all doing what is best for our families, and if a time off is what you need, feel no shame in getting it.