London, Apr 7 : A new study has shown that modern mothers are spoiling their kids too much.
British researchers have found that competitive modern mothers, coping with the demands of motherhood and career, are producing a generation of demanding, spoilt and pampered children.
According to the researchers, the excess choices available is turning parenting into a competition and destroying women's confidence in their knack to make the correct decisions for their children.
The study, titled 'The Making of Modern Motherhood' which looked at changes over the generations, also showed that today's grandparents were extremely concerned about how their daughters were bringing up their children.
'Baby-boomer' or grandmothers, who took a more relaxed attitude while raising their kids during 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, said modern parents were under pressure to manage every facet of their children's lives.
They said that the mothers were required to monitor everything from their child's dietary intake, exercise regimes and after-school lessons.
Prof Rachel Thomson, a co-director of the report, surveyed first time mums-to-be and then re-interviewed them after one year. She also met their families.
She said that women who became mothers in the mid-20th century remembered a time when it was something they "just got on with".
"They didn't recognise the modern pressure and compulsion on parents to be constantly busy and sociable, taking their children to every class available, being up to date on endless independent research into everything from developmental goals to nutrition, while also balancing work and family," the Telegraph quoted Thomson as saying.