Mums think it was better to be a parent in the 1970s and 1980s

A third of mums yearn for the days when there was less pressure on mums and more time, according to research


Motherhood isn’t as good as it was in the ‘old days’, according to research by P&G. Mums today feel that their own mums had it better in the 1970s and 1980s when there was less pressure on mums to balance a work and family life.


‘The Changing Face of Motherhood’ research also found that 34% of mums believe that they have less time to themselves than their own mums had, with 18% revealing that they have just 3 to 4 hours to themselves a week – the equivalent of 26 minutes a day.

With 64% citing their busy work life as the reason behind their lack of ‘me’ time, 29% felt that the pressures of being the ‘perfect mum’ was also a reason why they’re cramming more into their day.

As a result of today’s pressures on working mums, 88% admitted that they felt guilty about the amount of time they spent with their children.


Despite today’s mums feeling like their own mums had it better in the golden age, they lean on their mums for support the most when it comes to childcare and advice. Over 22% of the mums polled said their mums provided the most support when they had a baby and 47% said they relied on their mums for advice and support. A further 20% admitted that living closer to their mums would improve the quality of their life as a mum.

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