There's no surprise to find out that being a mom is incredibly stressful. Every mom, no matter how they choose to parent, has one of the hardest jobs in the world. If you're a stay at home mom or a working mom, you cannot fight off the impending worry that comes with taking care of children.
Until you have kids of your own, it's hard to fully understand the stress that mothers go through. Go ahead and ask your own mother and I'm sure they can go through an extensive list of all the things that caused them stress when they were raising you.
There is a magic number of children that causes the most stress for moms, and by magic, I mean devastatingly common. For mothers who have three kids, their lives are significantly more stressful than those families that have less or more. If you know any moms with three kids, go give them a hug.
Motherhood is so special.
There are so many perks to it.
There's nothing like a mother's love.
Where would be without moms?
Not to be dramatic but being a mom is very hard.
Their strength is truly amazing.
On a scale of one to mom, how stressed are you?
It's a full-time, stress soaked lifestyle.
Lucky number three.
Three is a big commitment.TODAY Parents conducted a survey with over 7,000 mothers and the results were pretty interesting and gave us a much more empathetic heart for all the moms of three out there.
What makes three so hard?
Critical mass is a good thing.TODAY reported after studying the results of their survey. "Once you get a certain critical mass of kids, life seems to get a bit easier."
You are tremendously outnumbered.
Moms are getting honest.ScaryMommy.com and author of Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) agrees that after she had her third kid, she felt a whole new level of stress.
You've only got two hands!Smokler about what it was like adding one more to the mix. “Two to three, everything was turned upside down. I did not feel like I had it together...just crossing the street and not being able to physically hold all their hands I found tremendously stressful."
Yes, it gets easier, but it also gets harder.
The results of this made Dr. Taylor laugh.
Other moms agree.
First kid: healthy, organic everything. After third kid: KFC chicken leg falls on floor - just pick it up and eat it, I don't care.— Kate Hall (@Kate Hall)1469805616.0
You still care, but just not as much.
You can't protect your kids from everything!
Odd numbers make it hard.
Four kids makes quite a team.Karen Flynn said having four kids is easier than having three, sharing that a big advantage is that they each have a "built-in playmate...they tended to pair up so no one felt left out."
How do moms make it work?
Some other slightly stressful numbers.
It's not just the kids that cause stress.
Partners better step up their game.
Moms are stressed about being stressed.
The stress sometimes feels like it won't stop.
What's the biggest stressor?
There just isn't enough hours in the day.
Daughters can also weigh heavy on the stress list.
Girls are a little more complicated.
Moms want to feel beautiful!
If you've got it, flaunt it.
Moms are really hard on themselves.
But in reality, a lot of moms are totally crushing it.
Numbers don't matter.
Just keep doing you.
10: Mom what's a metaphor? Me: My life is a train wreck. 10: I know Mom, but what is a metaphor?— 🌴Sardonic Tart🌴 (@🌴Sardonic Tart🌴)1418351321.0