Mums under pressure from holiday stress

10 August 2006
Despite the fact that holidays are supposed to be a time for a bit of R&R, many mums are finding themselves "working" a 42 hour week while away with the family.

According to the findings of a Post Office survey, over half (56 per cent) of mums find that a family holiday consists of as much cooking, cleaning and looking after the kids as a typical working week, leaving little room for some rest and relaxation.

Nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of all parents feel stressed on a family holiday and more than one in ten mothers (13 per cent) return from holiday more uptight than when they left.

"It looks like it's all work and no play for mums going on holiday this year," said Kevin McAdam, head of travel and leisure at the Post Office. "But family holidays can send stress levels soaring for both parents, so we advise mums and dads to be prepared.

If they arrange their travel essentials like insurance and EHICs before they go on holiday, it gives them extra peace of mind should anything go wrong while they're away," he added.

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