Lehi, Utah – June 23, 2020 – Young Living Essential Oils
, According to a new study from global essential oil leader Young Living, there are big differences between men and women when it comes to parents dealing with the new stress of COVID-19, beginning with 25% of men saying they've experienced less stress compared to 38% of women saying they're experiencing a lot more. Coping mechanisms also vary drastically among the sexes, with 52% of women preferring to spend time outdoors compared to 32% of men, and 33% of men turning to drinking compared to 22% of women.
This stress isn't only making a lasting impact on the adults, as 56% of parents say that stress for their children is growing every day since the beginning of the pandemic. The study has uncovered a clash between moms and dads when it comes to parenting styles, from bedtime routines to homeschooling, as everyone looks to bring some normalcy back to the home.
The disparity between men and women is also highlighted by revelations about how parents approach the bedtime routine: men are significantly more likely to resort to certain tactics over women, such as giving a treat/bribe (28% vs. 19%), spanking (14% vs. 3%), locking them in their room (10% vs. 3%) and going outside to not hear them crying (10% vs. 4%). The study also found that 19% of men report regularly giving their child a sleep aid compared to 12% of women.
The study also reveals that men are more likely (92%) to say this time has changed their relationship with their child(ren) than women (81%). Dads are also the ones tipping the scales when it comes to homeschooling, with 68% saying they'd consider it now compared to just 43% among moms.
"Uncovering the stark differences in how everyone is dealing with stress from the current crisis is telling on how our home environments are changing," said Shante Schroeder, vice president of brand marketing at Young Living. "Knowing just how difficult the pandemic has been for parents — and the exact areas in which they're most struggling — can help communities focus on areas of highest need. It can also help all of us be more empathetic with each other."
The news isn't all bad, however. In fact, 60% of parents say that they've grown closer with their child(ren) by spending more time together. Even better, 94% of parents have talked to their child(ren) about the pandemic. All signs point to better communication and stronger families.
Other key findings from the Young Living study include: