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Mothers 'telling parenting fibs at school gate'

17/01/2011 Joanna
Parents are increasingly feeling under pressure to look perfect, according to new research.

A study carried out by Netmums revealed that two-thirds of mums have told white lies to other parents about how well they are coping, while half of those polled said they have downplayed financial worries.

Furthermore, one in five of those polled said they have fibbed about the length of time their children watch television for.

Siobhan Freegard, the website's co-founder, said parents should try to be more honest.

"No one is born knowing how to be a parent – you get along the best you can," she explained.

"We hear from mums all the time who are struggling with all the conflicting advice being given to them about how to reach parenting perfection – and who are coping with huge amounts of guilt when they don't achieve this."

The survey coincides with the launch of a new campaign by the website, calling for parents to be more supportive of each other.
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