Shopping with kids 'most stressful task for mums'
Shopping with kids, getting them ready for bed and taking them on long car journeys are among the most disliked tasks carried out by mothers, a study has revealed.
The study, commissioned by Ford Retail, of 2,000 mothers revealed the weekly shopping, which is full of tantrums and persistent requests for chocolate and biscuits by their kids, as the most stressful event for mothers.
Meal times also proved tricky, as did taking young children on long car journeys, getting them dressed, and providing entertainment on rainy days - all of which left mom feeling stressed at least three times a day.
"Being a parent can be testing at the best of times, but it seems there are certain situations which are worse than others," the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for Ford retail as saying.
"Traveling with young children is clearly a key stress factor - whether mothers are struggling to get young children in and out of car seats, entertaining them on long journeys or dealing with traffic jams, the issues are apparent," he said.
With bath times, getting their kids dressed and birthday bashes ranking high on the list too, more than 5 percent mothers admitted feeling stressed every minute of the day.
Forty percent of mothers confessed that keeping to a schedule on a busy weekday morning is the most stressful part of their week.
However, 41 percent of parents also said that stress helped to motivate them, with 82 percent saying that all is forgotten when their kids smile at them or give a cuddle.
Mothers' top 20 stressful situations:
Doing the weekly shop
Long car journeys
Getting children to eat certain foods
Going to someone's house where they don't have children
Being stuck in a traffic jam
Entertaining children on a rainy day
Getting kids in and out of the car
Getting children dressed in the mornings
Busy attractions and days out
Packing for a holiday
Cleaning children's teeth
Shopping for new clothes
Getting children to eat their food
A child's birthday party
Going on holiday