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It’s no secret that there’s a lot of pressure put on parents these days, and while the reality may be that no parent is perfect, it seems a lot of them feel bad about if they aren’t.
A new survey finds that the average American parent feels 23 pangs of guilt every single week because of decisions they didn’t think were good enough. What’s more, 75% of parents admit feeling pressure from friends, family and social media to be “perfect,” while 25% have had other parents question their decisions. And social media is playing a big role in that too, with 31% of Millennial parents saying they regularly compete with other parents via social media.
As for parents’ top sources of guilt, they include:
- Losing my temper
- Not playing enough with my children
- Not being home enough
- Letting my children have too much screen time
- When I don't feel like I'm being a good role model
- Not being able to take my children on more vacations or outings
- When I don't have time to make home-cooked meals
- Not reading enough to and with my children
- Letting my kids eat junk food
- Working too much
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