Moms With Three Kids, A Study Has Come To Some Stressful Conclusions About You

Having any number of children is stressful. But which number is the most stressful? If scientists are to be believed, the number is three. That's right, according to a 2013 survey of 7,164 mothers, Today came to the conclusion that having three children is more stressful than having one, two, four, five, or even ten.


Dr. Janet Taylor, a psychiatrist, seemed to counter-intuitively grow more relaxed after having their fourth child:

There's just not enough space in your head for perfectionism when you get to four or more kids.



Put simply, after having four kids, mothers begin to go a little easier on themselves and no longer expect to constantly do a perfect job. Taylor continued:

The more children you have, the more confident you become in your parenting abilities. You have to let go … and then you're just thankful when they all get to school on time.



Going from two children to three was a different story, according to Jill Smokler, founder of Scary Mommy:

Going from one to two was an easy, breezy transition. Two to three, everything was turned upside down...I did not feel like I had it together … just crossing the street and not being able to physically hold all their hands I found tremendously stressful.



In general, however, Mom's were a pretty stressed bunch. On a scale from 1-10, the average stress-level for mothers everywhere was sitting around an 8.5. To be fair to the children, however, 46% of mothers also reported that their romantic partners were the main cause of their stress.




60% of mothers reportedly worried more about their daughters than sons, while another 60% were simply worried there wasn't enough time in the day to get everything they needed to finish completed. Twitter certainly understood the feeling:









There are many difficult jobs in the world, but few more difficult than being a mother...especially a mother of three!

H/T - People, Today

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