Stay-at-home mothers find baby care exhausting

September 25th, 2011 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 25 (IANS) British women who stay at home to raise their pre-school age kids are finding the work so exhausting that they are paying to keep nannies, says a new study.

The study highlighting the pressures of parenting found that two-thirds of mothers who stay at home rely on nurseries and nannies. One in 10 pay up to 20 percent of their income for a break from their offspring, the Daily Express reported.

Raising children was such hard work that many women — at least 20 percent — admit they only enjoy half the time they spend with them.

A whopping 70 percent said they used their “child-free time” to do housework and shopping while 30 percent simply catch up on sleep, found the study by TV channel Cartoonito.

“Mums certainly shouldn’t feel bad about enlisting some support so they can take some time out for themselves. The pre-school years can be incredibly stressful, especially for stay-at-home mums without a job. Toddlers are mini whirlwinds with boundless energy and a million questions on a good day or terrific tantrums on bad days,” says family psychologist Pat Spungin.

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