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As a mom of just two kids -- who finds two quite enough, thank you -- I've always wondered how large families do it. At a certain point, do you just give in to the chaos and actually let go of worrying about everything? Is that why Michelle Duggar always seems so serene?
A new report finds that may indeed be the case. According to a TODAY Moms survey of more than 7,000 American moms, moms of three kids report the most stress, with moms of fewer -- and more -- reporting less agita over motherhood. Just being outnumbered by kids makes even everyday events like crossing the street a source of anxiety for moms of three. Moms with four more more kids say they just can't sweat the small stuff, and it can be liberating. Also, by kid #4 (or #5 or #6), you have this parenting thing down pat and worry less about doing it wrong.
Overall, though, moms are worked up; the average stress score on a scale of 1 to 10 was an 8.5. Also, 72 percent of moms stress over…how stressed they are.
Other interesting tidbits from the survey:
--60 percent of moms say the biggest stress point in their lives is not having enough time to get everything done
--60 percent also say it's more stressful raising girls than boys
--46 percent say their partners stress them out ever more than their kids