Mom shaming is real, and is even more common that we think. A survey conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 6 in 10 moms of children aged 0- 5 years old have reported getting criticized for their parenting.
62% of all the mothers polled reported getting unhelpful advice from others and 56% of the respondents feel moms get too much blame and not enough credit for their children’s behavior.
Out of the 61% who said they have been criticized for their parenting,36% said they experienced this from their spouse/child’s other parent, 31% from their in-laws, 37% from their own parents. 12% were criticized in public and 7% by people on social media.
Most of these moms report getting judged for the way they discipline their kids (or kids’ lack of it), others were attacked for their kids’ diet and nutrition, kids’ sleep, bottle feeding vs. breast feeding, safety, and childcare.
Most moms say they avoid people who are critical of their parenting and stopped criticizing other mothers after experiencing getting mom shamed.
It is not surprising for parents of children 0-5 years old to be judged on the way they discipline kids, because young kids especially those from 2-4 are notorious for being rambunctious, extremely curious, and “adventurous”. It’s also around this time when little children go through the terrible toddler years and moms are often at their wits end trying to deal with their kids’ tantrums on a daily basis.