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Back-to-school stress?


Back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and children, but a recent study reveals that younger parents of school-age children may experience more stress around this time than their older counterparts.

Younger parents, ages 18-24, reported a much higher degree of stress (86 percent) surrounding finding an after-school sitter and arranging transportation logistics, than did their older counterparts, ages 35-44 (53 percent), according to a recent study commissioned by Sittercity.

In general, more than half of parents surveyed cite finding an after-school sitter and arranging transportation logistics as the biggest stressors they face during the back-to-school season (56 percent), beating out that perennial must-do of purchasing back-to-school necessities ranging from clothes to computers (42 percent).

The parents surveyed suggested getting the sitter you hire to help out with back-to-school preparation. Sixty percent of the parents who post a job on ask that sitters help them in other ways, such as helping to get back-to-school goods or prepare dinner for the family.

The Sittercity back-to-chool survey was conducted by Carbonview Research using an email invitation and online survey of 2,350 parents.