Modern mums 'spoiling children'
Researchers in Britain have found that competitive modern mothers, juggling the demands of motherhood and career, are producing a generation of demanding and pampered children.Updated: Apr 07, 2008 16:41 IST
Are modern moms spoiling their kids too much? Yes, says a new study.
Researchers in Britain have found that competitive modern mothers, juggling the demands of motherhood and career, are producing a generation of demanding and pampered children, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
According to the researchers, the plethora of choices available is turning parenting into a competition and damaging women's confidence in their ability to make the decisions that are right for their children.
The study, titled 'The Making of Modern Motherhood' which analysed changes over the generations, also found that today's grandparents were deeply concerned about how their daughters were bringing up their children.
"Baby-boomer" grandmothers, who took a more relaxed attitude to raising offspring during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, said in the survey that modern parents were very much under pressure to control every aspect of their kids' lives.
Mothers were increasingly expected to monitor everything from their children's calorie intake to their exercise regimes and after-school lessons, the respondents said in the study.
According to Prof Rachel Thomson, Co-director of the survey, said women who became mothers in the mid-20th century remembered a time when it was something they simply "just got on with".
"They didn't recognise the modern pressure and compulsion on parents to be constantly busy and sociable, taking their children to every class available, being up to date on endless independent research into everything from developmental goals to nutrition, while also balancing work and family," she said.