Study Reveals Insecurity, Overwhelm Among Mothers

A survey of more than 26,000 American mothers reveals that many moms feel overwhelmed in ways they usually don’t discuss in public.  The “Mom Confessions” study was conducted by TODAY.com, the online home of the NBC morning program, and Parenting.com, the website of Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Among the findings are “confessions” about secret desires to have “do-overs,” insecurities about the mothers’ weight, and candid admissions about how they judge other moms:

  • If given the chance, 23% of moms would choose a different spouse/partner and 21% would have more children.
  • Out of the moms who ever wished their child was the opposite sex, nearly two-thirds are moms of boys.
  • Weight versus smarts:  45% of moms would choose to weigh 15 pounds less rather than add 15 points to their child’s IQ.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 moms confessed to medicating their child to calm him/her down before a big trip — and nearly 1 in 12 do so on a regular night just for some peace and quiet.
  • 49% have knowingly sent a sick child to daycare or school.
  • More than 1 in 3 admits to judging moms of overweight kids.
  • 43% judge moms who still breastfeed their toddlers.

According to TODAY Moms senior editor Rebecca Dube, “The revelations we uncovered in our survey should put a stake through the heart of the myth of the perfect mother. Moms everywhere are overwhelmed and they often feel like they’re the only ones — but our findings show that they’re not; everyone shares the same challenges.”

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