More than two-thirds of Moms believe the recent economic downturn has affected them and their families, with job status being a major concern.  According to a recent survey, 58% of all parents are very concerned about their current employment status, have recently been laid-off or need to re-enter the workforce to help pay bills. When asked about their overall happiness and well being, 45% of all Moms said they don’t feel like they have the proper life/work balance and 54% said that they feel stressed out most of the time. These findings, among others, were revealed in a recent online survey about moms from Disney Family.com (www.family.com).  In addition to focusing on the current economic times and how families are coping with financial instability, the recent Disney Family.com survey asked parents questions about self confidence, overall happiness, time spent on physical well-being and more. Further survey findings include:

  • When asked about overall confidence, 35% said they don’t have confidence to achieve things they set out to do.
  • Fifty-nine percent of respondents cannot remember the last time they did something fun, just for themselves.
  • Forty-nine percent of working parents reported they spend no time whatsoever focusing on their own well being, while another 20% said they spend only 5-15 minutes a day focusing on their well being.
  • Sixty-four percent of women take less than 30 minutes to get ready in the morning after having kids. This is half the time most women used before having kids and 58% reported they spend more time getting their families out the door than they do themselves.

“The current state of the economy is affecting all of us and families are among those having to make the most adjustments,” said Emily Smith, vice president of Disney Online’s Family Group of Sites. “The ‘New Year, New Me’ resource is designed to be an in-depth guide to give moms the tools they need to look better, feel better and take care of themselves as they also take care of their families during tough times.”  To provide moms with the tools they need to restore their overall confidence as they find themselves back in the work force or dealing with hard economic times, the new Disney Family.com “New Year, New Me” resource (www.family.com/makeovermom) includes a go-for-it guide to help moms be fabulous every day, along with tips from Kathryn Sansone, mother of ten, author of Women First, Family Always, and former guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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