What does it take to be a good mum?

Do you know what it takes to be a good mum?

If you do, can you tell me?

Seriously, the University of Western Sydney is researching the pressure placed on mums and they’d like our help.

The study look looks at how we judge good mothering.

Dr Kate Huppatz, from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, says that;

Whether a woman is judged to be a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ mum is often based on a range of factors – from how much independence and discipline they give their children, to their own physical appearance in the playground

If you have a view, and would like to help out, please email Dr Huppatz on k.huppatz@uws.edu.au

More information on the study is available here.

I think a good mum is one who ensures her child’s physical needs are met, does her utmost to keep them from physical and emotional harm and makes sure they know they are loved – by her and others around them.

Note there is no mention of organic food, breastfeeding, co-sleeping or music lessons.  I think all of that is simply extraneous and you can be a great mum regardless of your options and choices in these areas.

That description also covers most of the mums I know.

What do you think a good mum does?

Kirsten

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