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New Care.com Study on Stress Levels and Their Influence on the Family

03.24.11

In a new survey, Care.com has found that 62% of working parents are too stressed from managing their jobs and families to go to the gym , call a friend or get intimate with their spouses. In fact, 25% of working parents would leave their current job for less money if the new job allowed for more flexibility.

When it comes to childcare (Care.com’s specialty), 34% rely on nannies/babysitters on a day-to-day basis to make their lives run smoothly but only 58% have a backup plan in case of caregiver illness or school closing, with 10% relying on their employers to provide emergency back-up care.

Overall, the most stressful areas of a working parent’s life are:

  • Work-life (35%)
  • Finding a Childcare Provider (24%)
  • Relationship with Spouse (18%)
  • Excelling at Job (11%)

“While the White House recently announced the great strides of women in the workplace, this survey shows that the work-life balance for so many working parents remains elusive,” said Wendy Sachs, editor in chief of Care.com.

“The Care.com survey finds that despite successful careers, our work is impacting our personal lives in unhealthy ways.  Working moms, particularly those with young children, are exhausted and stressed by a workday that for many never ends because we are tethered to technology 24/7,” Sachs said.   “It’s no surprise that moms who are toting buzzing BlackBerries in their bags chock-full of work emails, can feel tapped out and not eager for sex. Stress kills the libido.”

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Source: PR Newswire