NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s hardly a mom who’s not feeling stressed out these days. They’re overwhelmed with work, home and parenting responsibilities.
And because many of their husbands work long hours or travel a lot, they feel more like a ‘Married Single Mom.’
Amy Upton is a 28-year-old, full-time working mom in Friso. But her husband Rob is often away on business, making her feel at
times like she’s on her own. “I can see why women have a hard time being a single mom, because it feels a lot like that.”
Her daughter Naveah is 4-years-old. Son Ethan is 10-months-old. “You do learn to juggle things. And it is hard and tough at first but I think you become very much in your routine and you’re just like that,” Amy said, snapping her fingers.
For the past two years, she feels like she’s been living her life in 10th gear with a frequent stress level at an 8.
“We do counseling and stuff like that to make things better and it’s not because they’re not good husbands or anything. It’s hard being on your own,” Amy said.
Two out of three women surveyed said they resented handling all the household chores alone. “You do sometimes take it out on them because they come home and they want to relax and then you’re expecting them to help take care of the kids. You both have your reasons for being tired and wanting a break and it’s just hard. So, you do butt heads a lot,”Amy said.
Amy thinks her husband is great, and she’s grateful to have someone to share the financial responsibilities with. She thinks the economy put their family on this fast track, forcing her husband to travel more.
Amy says she’s just living as a woman in this day and age, not Superwoman. “I don’t know if it’s Superwoman it’s more just having to survive.”
One thing that might help is a break – especially for stay-at-home moms. 97-percent of them say they could use a little time out from mommy duties.