Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mommy Guilt Be Gone!

For all you mommies out there that feel guilty for not spending enough time with your kids, you are not alone. I saw on Good Morning America yesterday that mommy guilt is a real feeling that many moms will feel at one time or another (or perhaps all the time). This is most likely caused by our society's push for "hyperparenting" and how so many things are kid-centered these days.

The good news is...mommies are doing a great job! In fact, moms today spend on average 14.1 hours with their kids per week in comparison to moms in 1965 who spent 10.2 hours with their kids. Although many mothers in the 60's were stay at home moms (a.k.a. June Cleaver), they spent 40% more time on housework than mothers do today.

And more great news...dads spent 7 hours with their children in 2003 in comparison to just 2.5 hours per week in 1965. Even though women spend twice as much time around the house, dads have nearly tripled the time they spend focused on their kids.

So pat yourself on the back, you are doing alot better than you think!

Photo courtesy of Good Morning America


Devra said...

It is refreshing to see a shift in the media attention to something positive about being a parent. Ain't mommy guilt absolution grand?: )

Queen Heather said...

I think mommy guilt has most likely existed since the birth of the very first child on earth....I don't know if GMA is on to something about it being caused by "hyperparenting". My mom didn't hyperparent and she had it too.

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