Feeling Blue? Join the Stay-at-Home-Moms Club

Study finds mothers who stay home more depressed, 'supermoms' suffer guilt.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Sorry to burst your heroic bubble, moms, but it’s time to quit stitching, laundering and ironing that cape of yours. Trying to be a supermom is just setting set yourself up for a super failure.

That’s the word from a new study presented recently at the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles Times reports, with researchers finding that stay-at-home moms show more signs of depression than working moms, while mothers who work but have a “supermom complex” feel more guilt and become more frustrated than those who get that working and raising kids is not going to be an easy gig.

And, as we might have expected, this doesn’t hold true for dads.

“Work-family conflict is much more likely to bring about feelings of guilt for women, as compared to men—guilt for the things you can't do,” Katrina Leupp, study author and grad student at the University of Washington, tells the newspaper.

Whether you stay home with the kids or leave the house for work, this motherhood thing ain’t easy—so please cut yourself some slack.

“For women, the message is ‘Be gentle with yourself,’ ” Leupp tells the Los Angeles Times. “Accept that if the balance between work and family feels hard, it's because it is. It's not because you're not successful.”

Now, pardon us while we go pack lunches, get the kids dressed, load the dishwasher and pay a couple bills before we start work for the day. On second thought, forget the dishes. And we’re not going to feel the least bit guilty about it.

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First Published August 22, 2011

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