Parents Perspective

Moms Are NOT Happy With America Right Now

A new survey shows that moms aren't happy with the current state of the country—so let's do something to change it.

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It's not easy being a parent today—but you already knew that, didn't you? Most modern moms are very concerned about the complexities of life and the challenges of raising kids these days, according to a new survey released by Save the Children and Shriver Media that discovered some interesting insights about how mothers feel.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The majority of moms (56 percent) think it's harder to be a parent now than it was for their own parents, and 53 percent feel that America is becoming a worse place to raise children, due to issues such as the economy, quality of education, and social standards. Just 15 percent said they thought the U.S. was becoming a better place to raise kids.
  • Two-thirds of mothers believe their children are less safe now than they were as kids. (Interestingly enough, children today are actually a lot safer than we think they are.)
  • It looks like education is the most important issue that leaders and lawmakers need to address. In fact, 83 percent of moms said they'd be likely to back a political candidate who supported providing access to and improving the quality of childhood education programs in America. (For more on what moms are looking for in a political candidate, check out our poll about the 2016 election.)
  • Almost two thirds of the survey participants believe that it's nearly impossible to have work-life balance thanks to American business culture. Bummer!

Those stats are pretty depressing, but nine out of 10 of the moms surveyed still said they were very or somewhat optimistic about their children's future. That's because women recognize that there are challenges to raising kids, but they're also resilient, says Maria Shriver, founder of Shriver Media. In my experience, at least, she's right on—my mom is the toughest lady I know. It's refreshing to see that so many women aren't willing to give up in the face of adversity.

While all that optimism is great, it's even better to make your voice heard. That's why moms—and dads, and all Americans of voting age—need to get out and vote during this election season. It's not about what political party you're in, emphasizes Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, but what matters is that you speak up to help bring about the changes that concern you most. It's so simple, and yet plenty of people willingly give up that right by not making it to the polls. Don't let that be you—your child's future is too important.

Chrisanne Grise is an assistant editor for Parents. She doesn't have kids yet, but she is "mom" to a corgi named Murray. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.