As mums across the county breathe a sigh of relief now the children are back to school, spare a thought for the millions of stay-at-home mums with toddlers.
A new study reveals 1 in 5 mums with toddlers are so exhausted by the pressures of parenting they only enjoy half the time they spend with their little ones.
• 52% of mums with children under 5 didn't have any childcare support because they couldn't afford it
• 76% of mums wish for just an hour or two child-free time a week
• 43% said they would employ more childcare if they could afford it
• 25% of those who didn’t use any childcare said a lack of good quality care in their area was the reason.
The findings emerge from a study of 2,200 mums with pre-school age children by TV channel Cartoonito as it launches a Facebook community for parents. It highlights the all-consuming and often demanding role of parenting young children.
Family psychologist and parenting expert Dr Pat Spungin encourages all mums to get some help. She explains:
“Mums certainly shouldn’t feel bad about enlisting some support so they can take some time out for themselves. Everyone jokes about the ‘terrible twos’ but for many mums, the pre-school years can be incredibly stressful – especially if you are a stay at home mum without the relative respite of a job to go to. Toddlers are mini whirlwinds with boundless energy reserves and a million questions on a good day, and terrific tantrums on bad days.
“Motherhood is a full time job. Past generations would have had extended family to call on to share the load, but these days many mums live miles apart from their extended families and so they have to rely on professionals if they want a break.”
The study also asked mums how they felt about using childcare:
• A positive 33% of all mums said childcare was a good thing for them and their children; half cited developing socialisation skills as the biggest positive for their child
• But almost a quarter (22%) of said they felt guilty about using childcare
Cartoonito is offering all parents the chance to win a year’s free childcare at Cartoonito Parents
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Research conducted on 2,200 UK mums of pre-school age children by One Poll in September 2011.
CARTOONITO is a preschool TV channel where young children can explore their world in a fun and imaginative way. Cartoonito airs an array of exciting preschool programming including the new-look Fireman Sam, Bananas in Pyjamas, Strawberry Shortcake, Baby Looney Tunes, Jelly Jamm and Care Bears, and exclusive UK commissions Cartoonito Karaoke, Go and Get a Grown Up and Go and Be a Grown Up. Six cute animated characters called the Cartoonitos introduce shows on the channel. Cartoonito broadcasts daily from 4am until 8pm and includes day parted programming designed to reflect the lives of preschoolers and their parents. Cartoonito is operated by Turner Broadcasting System Europe, a Time Warner Company.In the UK Cartoonito is available on Sky 619 and Virgin Media 706. www.cartoonito.co.uk
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