Chapter Two What Is a Real Mother These Days

"The most important thing she'd learned . . .": J. Churchill, quoted in K. Rowinski (ed.), The Quotable Mom (Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press, 2002), p. 1.

70 percent of mothers find motherhood "incredibly stressful": "What Moms Love," Ladies Home Journal, Nov. 1, 2000.

Depression affects 30 percent of mothers of young children: "Study Finds Depression Among New Mothers," Mental Health Weekly, May 12, 2002, p. W42.

One-third of parents said they would not start a family: P. McGraw, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family (New York: Free Press, 2004), p. 14.

53 percent of parents feel significant resentment in making sacrifices as a parent: McGraw, Family First, p. 41.

Texas survey of 909 women: J. Warner, "Mommy Madness," Newsweek, Feb. 21, 2005, p. 44.

95 percent of moms said they experienced feelings of guilt: J. Bort, A. Pflock, and D. Renner, Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most, and Raise Happier Kids (New York: AMACOM, 2005), pp. 4-5.

Two out of three adults say that parents are doing a worse job than twenty years ago (USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll): cited in D. Donahue, "Parents Are Uneasy About Way Children Are Growing Up," Desert Sun, Oct. 4, 1999, p. E5.

Over eight hundred books on motherhood: S. J. Douglas and M. W. Michaels, The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), pp. 8-9.

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