ABBOTT PARK, Ill., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New findings from The National Motherhood Decisions Survey conducted by Mom Central and Similac® found that 95 percent of moms feel negatively judged on their parenting decisions. The online survey, which included responses from more than 1,100 moms with at least one child under five years of age, found that moms feel most judged on decisions related to parenting approaches, work and infant feeding. Interestingly, moms feel equally judged for "being too strict" and for "spoiling" their kids.
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The survey results and the issue of mom-judging will be the focus of today's StrongMoms® Empowerment Summit in New York City, hosted by The MOMS and presenting sponsor, Similac. The goal of the summit is to heighten awareness of the issue and, importantly, to empower moms by creating a more supportive and less judgmental environment, both on and offline. A panel of influential moms will share their stories, how they created their support systems and how they empower themselves and others daily. Speakers and experts include:
"It's not easy being a mom in today's world," said Michele Borba, Ed.D., expert on parenting and bullying prevention and StrongMoms Advisory Board member. "Moms face tremendous pressure to make the 'perfect' parenting decisions, and there's not a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting."
The survey also explored the consequences that result from judging as well as empowering moms. Intense judgment causes many moms to feel stressed, angry, insecure and inadequate, but when they believe their decisions are supported, more than 90 percent of moms feel more confident, more relaxed, happier and more fulfilled. More than 90 percent of moms also notice a positive impact on their kids when they feel supported.
"As someone in the public eye, others have definitely judged some of my parenting choices," said Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball and mother of three. "But I don't let their comments get to me. I try my hardest and make the decisions I think are the best for my family and me. I think that's all any mom can do."
"Regardless of our situation, as moms we all want to feel confident that we're doing the right thing for our family," said Rhonda Hoffman, Division Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Pediatric Nutrition, Abbott. "Similac created StrongMoms Empower™ to encourage moms to support each other and build confidence in their decisions."
"There's no such thing as a 'Mom Manual,'" said Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein of The MOMS, StrongMoms Advisory Board Members. "StrongMoms Empower has such an important message for all moms – whether you work or stay home, breastfeed or formula feed, are strict in your parenting or not – the message to support mom is universal."
The StrongMoms Empower campaign, hosted by Similac, is a call-to-action to create a more supportive and less judgmental environment to empower moms to be confident about the decisions they make for their children and families. Moms are encouraged to take the first step toward building a supportive environment by signing the StrongMoms Empowerment Pledge at StrongMomsEmpower.com. Moms also are encouraged to share their stories and StrongMoms Empower badge on their social communities and to follow the conversation through #StrongMomsEmpower.
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