Why Moms Are More Tired Than Dads
Working mothers juggle more childcare with work: Pew report
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 5:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Think parents are stressed as they balance work with childcare? Yep, but moms are more fatigued as they juggle work with the most stressful childcare duties, according to a Pew report of federal data. "Mothers spend much more time than fathers doing physical care—feeding the baby, giving baths," says the report's author. "They do more managerial and educational care, all of which requires a lot of energy." Moms carry that burden because old parental roles refuse to fade away, says expert Ellen Galinsky.

In other words, modern moms often have part-time or flexible hours that enable them to handle more parental duties, while men slog out long hours at the office, the Washington Post reports. That means moms tend to lie awake worrying about everything from kids to work to that stain in the basement sofa. Good news for moms: They find housework, paid work, and leisure time "more meaningful" than fathers do. But "when we asked women what they did when they had leisure time and could do something they loved, most said they did housework, so they could get it over with," says Galinsky. "That’s really sad."

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Oct 10, 2013 7:59 PM CDT
It's because they waste too much energy bitching about stupid things.
Oct 9, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
Parents need to make a discussion before they have kids. Raising them is a full time job which requires one of the parents to stay home. If that's not possible then the duties need to be equally divided. Make sure you marry a man that's willing to pull his weight around the home.
Oct 9, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
What is sad, is that there are people out there who feel that they need to take their kids and drop them off somewhere, so that they can go and make themselves happy. If you don't want to devote your life to raising your kids you should evaluate whether or not you should have kids. "Old parental roles" were not the problem. The problem is that people can't be content. They always have to have more. The "old parental roles" don't need to fade away. What needs to fade away is the selfish desire to please oneself!