LOVE Island’s Alex and Olivia Bowen become the face of a new campaign to tackle parenting judgement as research shows damaging impact on mental health for new mums and dads.
C&G baby club have partnered with the married couple expecting their first tot in the summer for its #LoveDontJudge campaign after completing the research on 2,000 parents via OnePoll.
The campaign aims to tackle the discrimination amongst new parents, depois de 71 per cent said their mental wellbeing suffered as a result.
28-year-old TV personality and ambassador Olivia said: “The minute I became pregnant, it was like I was fair game – everything I ate, wore and did was heavily scrutinised
“I was damned if I did and damned if I didn’t… the overwhelming amount of judgment I received was crushing.”
“That is why Alex and I have joined forces with C&G baby club – to put a stop to parental judgement and ensure every parent gets the support they need.”
Eu obviamente pensei sobre isso, mas eu tinha um trabalho a fazer.”
[object Window] 10 THINGS PARENTS FEEL JUDGED FOR:
Hot topics for parental judgement range from food, to screens, to breastfeeding
1. Bump size (too small/too big)
2. Eating habits of child
3. Baby activity choices
4. Eating habits during pregnancy
5. Weight gain
6. Level of rest required during pregnancy
7. The weaning process
8. Level of exercise during pregnancy
9. Level of screen time for children
10. Child’s development
The research found in parents of kids aged 0-3 naquela 56 per cent were so intimidated by social pressures they’re now less sure about having more, e 38 per cent feel like failures.
Judgement was found to be highest during the first year of parenthood, with everything from their child’s diet (31 por cento) and the weaning process (26 por cento), to whether they let their child look at screens (25 por cento) coming under scrutiny.
The result for 51 per cent was disengaging in vital activities, such as developmental classes.
Many struggle to reach out and ask for help, com 63 per cent not feeling able to share their stories. Whilst a third of the suffering parents felt judgement from strangers, almost a third felt it from eagle-eyed mothers-in-law (29 por cento) and almost a quarter from their own friends and mothers (23 por cento).
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Gurinder Bal, from C&G baby club, disse: “We believe it’s time for parental judgement to stop.
“There is no such thing as ‘perfect parenting’ – parents deserve support, no matter what their parenting path looks like or the choices they make.”
Almost a quarter of the expectant mums are also facing cruel opinions on their choice to work up to their due dates (24 por cento), and on how they want to give birth (21 por cento).
Many couples struggle to conceive naturally and have a variety of options to turn to in the age of modern science. Sadly at least ten per cent of those people reported discrimination over their choices to use IVF (12 por cento), barriga de aluguel (11 por cento), sperm donors (12 por cento) and adoption (13 por cento).
The campaign aims to help mothers with pregnancy tips and information as well as emotional support, as well as a judgement-free focus on the nervous dads-to-be with a Dads & Partners section.
The campaign can be found aqui.
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