Popular online support network Mumsnet has revealed that most parents feel unduly pressured to comply with the ‘model of perfect parenting’ as a result of reading Mumsnet.
‘Modern parents face an increasing number of stress-inducing activities on Mumsnet,’ explained Mumsnet spokesman Susan Thurrock. ‘These include reading about only using organic ingredients, browsing articles about the correct classical music for your child to fall asleep to, or contributing to forums about how to park far enough away from school to make it look like you’ve walked. While good Mumsnet users will be able to achieve all this and more without breaking sweat, the bad parents will struggle.’
She concluded that it was inevitable parents would lie to each other about their ability to keep up with the volume of information on Mumsnet, but advised that help is at hand. ‘We have numerous new features and forums dedicated to the subject,’ she said.