Being a stay-at-home parent is a lot of work, to say the least. In fact, a new survey says that staying home with kids is even more work than…going to work, as it turns out. Read on for all the deets.

It certainly doesn’t take a study to know that being a stay-at-home parent is hard work, but is it more challenging than working full-time? A recent survey conducted by Aveeno Baby of 1,500 parents from the United Kingdom found that 31 percent of participants believe that staying at home with kids is harder than having full-time job. Whoa.

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“Becoming a parent is an amazing experience, but we understand that entering this new chapter of life can also bring with it a great deal of stress and worry, so we wanted to discover more about what new parents experience in the first few years, what they wish they had known, and how best we can support them,” said Rebecca Bennett, Aveeno Baby Skin Expert.

The idea behind the survey was to help shine a light on just how much people take on when they become parents and to support new parents through the challenges. The survey also found that 33 percent of parents surveyed said that as a new parent “you would only eat a meal with one hand” and 17 percent said “your back will always hurt.”

It’s not all bad news however; 42 percent said “you will feel complete unconditional love for the first time.”

At the end of the day, while being a parent is exhausting and challenging, no matter how hard it is, it’s 100 percent worth it.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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