Would it be news to you to hear that husbands can be the biggest source of stress in a woman’s day? Even more stressful than our kids!?

A new study conducted by TODAY.com which included over 7,000 mums.

The results showed that the average mum rates her stress level an 8.5 out of 10. In addition, 46% of the women surveyed said that their husbands cause more stress than their kids.

The survey revealed that three in every four mums with partners reported that they do most of the parenting and household duties.

A lot of the time this is because their partners are working full time or simply because they prefer to do the job themselves so they know it gets done.

Sources of stress for the mothers surveyed include:

  • Not enough time each day to accomplish everything that needs to be done.
  • Responsibility for most of the parenting and household duties.
  • Inadequate help from their spouses.
  • Single mothers (understandably) experience the highest levels of stress, as they have zero daily support from a spouse.

Who stresses you out the most? Hubby or kids?

Share your comments below

  • Yep! Totally see it! You can spend ALL day telling the kids not to run in the house, then daddy comes home and runs up and down the house with them! = whole day wasted!


  • Definitely hubby. I have also read that housework for a woman increases more when hubby moves in compared to having kids. That’s not a good thing


  • I think they can stress me out in equal measure but he’s also my back up when I’m at my wits end and really need him to step up so that’s his saving grace.


  • Not my hubby. He’s amazing. My son stressese us both out!! Between us, we need to calm the other one down!!!!


  • It’s not that my husband causes the stress, he just makes it worse. He probably thinks the same about me.


  • Haha, I’m sure he would say the same thing about me!


  • Neither stresses me out – I just get on with my life and live it to the fullest I can.

    • Love and share your philosophy – same here! :)


  • Possibly our husbands think the same of their wives ;)


  • We share all things to eliminate stresses.


  • Its a tie in my house. But there are certainly moments where my husband could help and make things easier instead of harder!


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