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More than half of working mums find it stressful if they cannot attend school events like plays and music recitals, according to a survey.
The survey of 1,000 mums – half working mums and half stay-at-home mums – was conducted by education consultancy Gerard Kelly & Partners and found working mums were more likely to say they felt “inadequate” when they see the costumes, artwork and cakes other parents make for school events.
Around a third of those questioned said there was tension between stay at home and working mums. Some 62% of mothers said they felt working mums missed out on playdates for their children because they were not around for pick-ups and drop-offs. The survey did not specify if these were mainly stay-at-home mums who felt this way.
Nearly a third (31%) said that their children make them feel guilty if they are not around to pick them up after class or welcome them home from school.
Another survey by Netmums found that parents have mixed feelings when their children return to school after the summer holidays. Over a third of the 1,600 people questioned said they miss their children and get upset when term begins, while three in 10 said they are relieved when their youngsters go back, but do not like to admit it and 21.6% said they look forward to the start of the school year.