Mums – Cut Yourself Some Slack!

Isn’t it a shame how women can be their own worst critics? We’re constantly comparing outfits, hairstyles, and personalities, and worrying that we don’t measure up. Now it seems we’re even quick to judge ourselves when it comes to parenting. Psychologists have even coined a name for it – Good Mother Syndrome – to describe the way we set unrealistic goals as parents, then feel guilty when we can’t possibly reach them. Now an Australian study has shown that playgroups can actually reinforce Good Mother Syndrome, as we compare ourselves (often unfavorably) to the other parents. As mums we need to support each other, rather than competing against each other, and give ourselves a break!!

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