A bit like death and taxes being the certainty with life, you can rest assured there are two things we can rely on in motherhood – endless nappies and endless guilt-tripping. The pressure of parenting is palpable – from the magazines we read (who needs to see some celeb emerging with newborn in size 6 skinny jeans, I ask you???) to the school gates where we congregate (often the most bloody of battlegrounds) – we are bombarded with images and examples of how we are supposed to be. But are they realistic?
I’m writng an article for an Irish parenting magazine on the difference between society’s perception of a ‘super mum’ and how we, the actually parents, think.
As part of my little survey , can I be so bold as to ask ye super / semi-super / not super at all parents your thoughts?
- If you could list three things that make a good parent, what would they be?
- Is there one area of parenting you feel intimidated in by other parents / magazines (spending time, parties, fashion, academic results, etc)
- How do you think the media portray ‘good’ parents?
- What ‘celebrities’ are portrayed as good parents and why?
- In a rating on 1-10 how would you rate the following in terms of importance (as taken from a widely read magazine) – being a size 8 2 months after birth, child in matching Louis Vuitton accessories, spending quality time with your child…
- Should we feel guilty for wanting to escape occassionally?
thank you, thank you, thank you.. any other comments very welcome…. one word answers can suffice although any ranting essays are welcome too….
will post up finished article soon. thank you…