The Angriest Americans: Moms
12.10.09 Study finds women with little ones are among the most annoyed and enraged in the U.S.
Feeling angry? You're not alone.
A new study has found that among Americans, women with young children at home are more likely than others to be experiencing angry emotions—from mild annoyance to outright rage, MSNBC reports.
"There's obviously a lot of joys and benefits that come with parenthood," according to study researcher Scott Schieman of the University of Toronto. But other aspects of parenting, such as having to discipline a misbehaving child, can cause feelings of anger and annoyance, Schieman said.
Researchers in the study of 1,800 Americans found that the mothers' anger commonly manifested itself in yelling. Other "angry Americans" included people younger than 30 and those who have low incomes. The 2005 study (whose findings are expected for release in January 2010) aimed to "build a broader social portrait of anger in the United States."
It may sound selfish to some people, but there are times when moms need to baby themselves, too. Things like getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation exercises and saying "no" to exhausting commitments are important when you're expecting (not to mention post-baby, too). You may think your new mom to-do list is never-ending, but your worry list is actually shorter than you think. Some alone time will go a long way toward some de-stressing, which is always helpful in being a good parent.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.