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Psychologically, waitressing is much more demanding than one would think. There are many mental and emotional aspects of the job that take their toll on one’s psychological well-being. Problems arise when a customer complains about the food, because it is the waitress’s job to find a way to console the customers, keep them calm, and make them happy. This requires a lot of quick thinking and smooth talking. Also, it’s difficult to juggle the many physical aspects of waitressing, and it becomes frustrating and emotionally challenging. Meanwhile the waitress must remember multiple orders, who’s drinking what, to print checks, to get change, what the special is, what dishes would be good for vegans, what ingredients and sides come with what etc. With all the items a waitress must remember, it becomes a mentally draining job as well. The psychological aspects can carry on over to the single mothers’ home life. Studies have shown that working long shifts can create more psychological distress, which in turn leads to a negative self-efficacy, hence negative parenting tactics (4). This also ties in with the idea that being on welfare can lead to negative parenting.

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