New Study Shows 75% Of Parents Feel Pressure To Be ‘Perfect’

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Being a parent can be tough and sometimes you may feel like you’re not doing a great job. But don’t worry: you’re not alone.

In a new study conducted by FarmRich, the survey found that of 2,000 parents of school-aged children, three-quarters of them feel the pressure to be “perfect.” On top of that, 23 times a week, parents feel guilty about their parenting decisions — and 23 percent second-guess their decisions.

Feeling guilty about losing your temper at your child and screaming was the most popular reason for guilt from those surveyed.

An added pressure for parents is social media.

Not only do children feel pressured to act and look a certain way, so do parents. One in 5 of the 2,000 parents surveyed admit to competing with other parents on social media by posting happy family photos. Of all social media sites, Facebook came out on top as the site to cause the most guilt.

When all 2,000 parents were asked what is the top quality that makes them feel like good parents, being present for kids won. But on that same note, one in three parents have missed their child’s activity because they’re too busy with work.

If you’d love to make your children a home-cooked meal every day, you’re in the norm. Almost three-quarters of the parents surveyed said they’d make a daily home-cooked meal if they had the time. Of those surveyed, 60 percent will try and make a home-cooked meal every night during the school year.

Participants were also asked to name the parents they admire most, and Michelle and Barack Obama came out on top.

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Thumbnail photo: Flickr / Army Medicine

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