The leading discount website in the UK recently held a survey that revealed how over a third of British mums have admitted to feeling jealous of other mums. According to their results, the mums are most jealous of others ‘well behaved kids’, closely followed by their figures in second place and their family life in third.
The website also looked into how mums compared themselves with each other and had social network conversations over such matters, and they questioned over 1400 mums on the subject of comparison.
www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk polled 1,428 mums with at least one child aged three over and asked them ‘ Have you felt jealous about other mums?’, to which more than a third, 36% said ‘yes’.
The respondents who admitted feeling jealous about other mothers were then asked to specify what they felt the most jealous about. They were shown a list of possible responses and were able to choose multiple answers.
According to the results, the top ten things British mums feel the most jealous about relating to other mums were as follow:
1) Well-behaved kids – 71%
2) Better figure – 64%
3) Family life – 58%
4) Financial situation – 50%
5) Kids’ intelligence – 43%
6) Time-keeping – 37%
7) Social life – 28%
8) Job – 21%
9) Husband – 17%
10) Role within the school – 14%
Respondents that admitted feeling jealous about other mums were then asked if they were friends with some of their children’s friends mums, to which 32% answered ‘no’.
When they were asked to explain the reason why, a quarter, 24%, admitted not being friends with other mums because they ‘didn’t like’ their children whilst 29% stated they didn’t like ‘the parents’. A further 23% explained not being friends with other mums due to ‘difference of opinion’ regards to their children’s manners whilst 16% explained not being friends with other mums for ‘no particular reason’.
Mark Pearson, Chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, commented on the findings: “We might not talk about it openly but there is always kind of a competition between parents who will, intentionally or not, compare their social, family or personal life to each other.
But I think this is generally something we all do, parent or not. On the other side, parents are always keen to brag about their children’s skills and achievements, which is great. They should be proud. But remember, the grass is always greener on the other side.”