New Survey Shows Mothers Struggle with Personal Toll of Motherhood

Share Article releases results from research study showing a startling lack of preparedness for the emotional and personal toll of motherhood. 79% of mothers list personal, emotional and physical challenges as their hardest. Only 38% list skills-based challenges such as time management, organization, or discipline.

Survey asks Mothers about their biggest challenge adjusting to Motherhood. The 150 mothers surveyed talk about personal adjustments, and especially the loss of personal time and space. The current knowledge does not seem to prepare mothers for the realities they face. Women know children are time consuming and demanding, but what these women are finding is that children are ALL consuming and ALL demanding.

No surprises that Sleep deprivation topped the list with 38% of respondents, followed closely by 36% challenged by finding time for themselves (as well as never being alone, the feeling of losing independence and autonomy). 24% site self-esteem issues such as lack of positive feedback and tangible results, loss of identity, lack of personal achievement. Overall 79% of all respondents listed their biggest challenges as related to themselves and the adjustment they had to make on an emotional and personal level.

Most surprisingly, only 38% of mothers sited skills-based issues. 17% of Respondents struggled with scheduling, planning, getting organized, followed by discipline and sibling rivalry (5%). It would seem the modern mom is well equipped to deal with the skills necessary, but much less equipped to deal with the personal upheaval.

These results verify previous qualitative research compiled when setting up, a website for mothers aimed at filling the gap in parenting information by going beyond the ‘how tos’ of parenting and addressing the very real need women have to express themselves - other than as mothers.

Elaine Hamilton, founder of, says “It seems clear that the advice currently available to mothers in the area of personal development is sorely lacking. Part of the answer lies in shifting our belief that motherhood is a natural and easy transition, and helping women see that motherhood is a huge step in personal growth which justifies the help and support they are looking for. Mothers should be encouraged to develop and take time for themselves, and to find ways to ease the burdens and responsibilities they face.” was launched in August, 2005 as a parenting blog site, and in September launched “Enjoying the Journey” an online group designed to provide mothers with professional coaching on a variety of topics relevant to today’s parenting and life balance challenges.

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Elaine Hamilton

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