Culture Post: Two in Three New Parents Admit They’re Just Winging It Through Their Child’s First Year

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.

Although kids don’t come with an instruction manual, a new study finds many moms and dads admit they could use one. Two in three parents of infants say they have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to parenting.

A recent survey of 2,000 American parents with children under one year old finds 68 percent feel like they’re just winging it, especially for the first six months of their baby’s life.

The ongoing pandemic hasn’t made things easier either. Two in three parents also say the crisis has completely changed the way they take care of their children. In addition to being a parent, many are taking on other roles at home such as being a chef (55%), daycare provider (51%), maid (50%), and teacher (50%).

Juggling all of these jobs have cut the sleep of nearly a third of the poll (31%), who average about five hours of sleep every night. Besides not getting enough sleep (63%), parents also struggle with not having enough time for self-care (58%) or for doing other errands during the day (56%).

The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Enfamil.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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