Why Stay-at-Home Moms Are More Depressed Than Working Moms (article) -Intersting- yet Christians hold up Motherhood as Being a Woman’s Only Godly Calling In Life
Never-married, childless women are either ignored by most churches or treated like losers. The sexist “bibical gender complementarians” constantly bray that “motherhood” or marriage are a woman’s only or highest calling in life.
So if you are like me, 40 years old, and never married and no kids, you get the message from Christians that you have failed and that you do not matter.
Yet, here is a report saying that mothers are miserable and depressed about being mothers, especially the ones who stay at home to raise the rug rats. And this is on a Christian site:
- A new Gallup poll reveals what I’ve learned from experience: Parenting is really hard.
Ellen Morgan Peltz, guest blogger
- Stay-at-home parenting is harder than I thought. Maybe it’s the fact that my child was colicky for the first six months of his life, and that even at eight months old, he—and, consequently, I—have yet to sleep through the night.
- Maybe it’s my own fault for setting unrealistic expectations for what sort of stay-at-home mom I would be: the kind who preserves her own produce, makes her own laundry soap, and still has time to put on makeup every morning. They do exist. Or so the blogosphere says.
- For the last eight months I have wrestled with disappointment in myself for failing to be the peppy, positive, endlessly energetic mom I had hoped. Instead, I have spent much of my mothering career to date feeling sad, frustrated, and irritable.
- Apparently I am not alone. A new Gallup poll found that stay-at-home moms are more likely than moms who are employed outside the home to feel negative emotions such as worry, sadness, stress and anger on a daily basis, as well as to have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
- Although the gap between the two groups of women is only 5 to 10 percentage points wide in most of these categories, the fact remains that as a group, stay-at-home moms are emotionally worse off than employed moms.
By the way, our nation and our churches are TOO “family friendly,” yet that page refers to a book with the title, “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation” – um, no, singles and the childless are the ones discriminated against in our culture, not married mommies, see the blog posts at
(Link): Living Single