Husbands Stress Their Wives Twice As Much As Their Kids: It’s a common running joke that moms tend to see their husband as an extra child in the family in terms of the amount of stress they produce, and a large survey performed by TODAY now suggests that almost half of all moms strongly feel this way.
For 46 percent of the 7,000 US mothers that were questioned, husbands were noted as a larger source of stress than dealing with the children.
“A 7-year-old is going to be a 7-year-old. But a 35-year-old acting like a 7-year-old is more stressful because they should know better,” mom Deno Fleno commented.
The survey also indicated that the average stress level for moms is quite high at 8.5 out of 10.
Common worries are that moms aren’t able to do all the things they wanted to do because of a lack of time, but in some cases, spouses form a major source of stress on a daily basis.
“I am exhausted emotionally and physically when my husband comes home. He feels like another job,” was another answer given to the survey.
Splitting up household tasks is another major source of stress, and over 75% of moms feel that they need to do most of the household and parenting chores. About one in five moms are stressed out on a daily basis because their spouse doesn’t provide enough help with the household tasks.
It’s also worth noting that a previous TODAY survey targeted towards fathers indicated that two-thirds of dads would like to have more verbal acknowledgment from their spouse when helping around with parenting tasks. A sort of verbal pat on the back, if you will.