Parenting stress is something that psychologists have studied a great deal. Most parents are stressed out, especially when their load becomes too heavy.
Researchers have determined that childless people aren’t necessarily less stressed, but they generally have fewer responsibilities. They’ve found it’s not having children specifically that adds to the stress but the level of responsibility a person carries. Moreover, parents whose children have left the nest tend to be happier than those that have never had children. Economic conditions also play a role in how stressed out a parent feels.
- Parents often feel stress caused by their fears that they can’t cope with parenting.
- Parents are more stressed overall than childless adults, and are especially stressed if they are not wealthy, if their children have special needs, and more.
- You should identify what is contributing to your parent stress and how to minimize it.
“Family-friendly government policies can help address this gap, but what if you aren’t lucky enough to live in a country with family-friendly policies? You’re left to fight for society-wide change, and — in the meantime — to scramble as best you can.”