Survey Shows More Than Half Of Fathers Have Been 'Dad-Shamed'

Mom-shaming is a modern trend that needs to be stamped out, and sadly it seems as if it doesn't only apply to moms.

Finding your way as a new parent is difficult enough as it is. The last thing you need during that time in your life is for people to question every decision you make as a mom. Sadly, for 60% of moms, mom-shaming is real. Whether it be their decision on when and if to return to work or their stance on breastfeeding, many women are shamed for the decisions they make as parents.

Until now, we assumed that this was an issue strictly reserved for women. However, Yahoo recently highlighted that is not the case. Dads are being shamed for their parenting decisions too. In fact, a poll conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National revealed that more than half (52%) of dads have been the subject of dad-shaming.

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So what are dads being shamed for exactly? Well, a number of things. In at number one on the survey was the way in which they choose to discipline their children. More than two-thirds of the dads reported that they had been shamed for this. Other things included being too rough with their children, how they feed them, and not paying enough attention to them.

Perhaps the most worrying finding was where this shaming is coming from. 44% of the dads who took the survey revealed that their partner was the source. When it comes to mom-shaming, the assumption is often that people in public and family members are the ones doing the shaming. Those were also on the dads' list but came in a distant second and third to person number one.

While almost half of the dads who took the poll revealed that they used the criticism to make positive changes, others said it had made them feel less confident as a parent. Even more upsetting is that 9% of them admitted that the shaming made them want to be less-involved parents. 9% might not seem like that high a number to some, but in this instance, even just one person would be too high.

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