Some days we feel like we’re totally winning at this parenting thing, but other days we’re reminded how hard it is. If you’ve ever felt like a “bad mom,” you’re definitely not alone, as a new survey finds a third of moms feel that way sometimes.
The poll of 2-thousand women looks into their experiences after having kids and finds:
The average mom who feels like a “bad mom” today feels like this 156 times a year.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of moms use social media and those who do are four times more likely to feel like a bad parent than those who don’t.
Over three-quarters (77%) of respondents agree that social media puts pressure on moms to act or look a certain way.
While 83% of moms who are familiar with “momfluencers” - social media influencers who cater to moms - watch their content, 65% of them admit they feel more insecure after watching it.
Moms say when they see other moms on TV or social media, they feel pressured to add things like exercising (46%), cooking (44%) and waking up early (43%) to their daily routine.
As a result of their experiences with seeing online moms, 67% are totally over momfluencers.
During their first year of motherhood, 53% of moms say they compared themselves to other moms.
In those early days, moms admit they were insecure about whether or not they were meeting their baby’s needs (35%) or being a good parent (32%).
Almost three-quarters (72%) of moms who gave birth and experienced changes in their body were afraid something was wrong with them because of how different their body was afterwards.