London: Pressure on being "perfect" mums only means that more than half have been forced to lie about their parenting skills to make them seem like better parents to their peers, a survey has revealed.

Parenting website BabyCentre revealed that 53 percent of mothers resort to fabricating stories about their parenting experiences rather than admit to others that they don't always do what is considered to be the right thing, a daily reported.

BabyCentre spoke to 1,000 UK mums for its Secret Life of Mum survey, in order to debunk the myths about parenting in the real world.

The findings revealed that it's not just around other parents that mothers feel they must paint themselves in a more positive light.

One in three mothers (32 per cent) confessed to not being truthful when talking to their midwife or health visitor, and nearly three quarters (71 per cent) admitted to lying to their child to make their day easier.

With their Secret Life Of Mum survey, BabyCentre said that they wanted to "hold a mirror up to hectic family life" and reflect the shortcuts most parents take but would rather keep under their hat.

Top among the parenting choices mothers would rather keep under wraps using the TV to keep children quiet, which nine out of 10 mothers confessed to doing.

One third reluctantly admitted to replacing the bedtime story with a TV show, while a fifth of families said that once in a while, a healthy dinner is replaced by chocolate and sweets - something that will feel only too familiar to many households after the sugar-fuelled festival that is Halloween.

Sasha Miller, International Managing Editor for BabyCentre, believes the huge pressure on mothers prevents them from being truthful about the challenges of holding everything together.

"Parenting is a tough job. We all struggle from time to time. I don't think mums should ever feel bad about admitting to cutting corners," she said.

"What I find really interesting is how mums tell us that they try to keep up appearances with parents they meet in the real world but online there is nothing they won't share.

"In our community on BabyCentre mums are always confessing to less-than-perfect mummy moments. And they find that when they do, they get a chorus of other mums saying: 'Oh yes, I've done that too!'" she added.


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