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A national poll reveals that 50% of fathers are criticized for their parenting style and, as a result, feel less confident as a parent.

After surveying 713 fathers, researchers at the University of Michigan found that 2 in 3 dads were criticized for how they discipline their kids, while 2 in 5 dads were criticized for what they feed their kids. Other areas of criticism focused on a child’s appearance and sleep habits. 

Over a quarter of fathers polled said this criticism made them feel less confident in their parenting abilities. And 1 in 5 felt discouraged from being involved in parenting their children.

Researchers say these findings may reflect gender stereotypes, wherein mothers are viewed as competent caregivers and fathers as less capable.

Source:

 (2019, June 12). Daddy shaming happens too. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved from https://neurosciencenews.com/dad-shaming-14229/

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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