Parenting is hard. If you didn’t already know that, you’re either not a parent or you’re doing it all wrong. But what is it about parenting that makes the whole process of guiding wild small people into wonderful big people so gosh darn aggravating? Is it the lack of sleep? The expense? The tantrums? Or is it all of those things combined with about a billion more? I vote for the latter.
If you’ve ever mopped up toddler pee and stopped to wonder where you fall on the parental aggravation scale, you’ve come to the right blog post.
A new study released by Child Trends examining parental aggravation trends within the U.S. between 1997 and 2007, found that parents were 15 percent more aggravated in 2007 than they were just a decade before, bringing the national average of frustrated parents to a whopping 35 percent that year. Wowzers. I mean, I know why I was aggravated in 2007, I had a colicky infant, but was America facing the same witching hour? Or was handheld technology to blame? Maybe it was the economic downturn? Ooo, let’s blame Y2K! [read more…]