When we talk about wellness, we are not just talking about the physical one that makes us feel good inside our body. And, of course, it’s not just children who need and have a right to it in everyday life. Parental well-being is a cornerstone for making a family work, be happy and satisfied. Aware of its limitations and the strengths of each member, which can be more or less energetic depending on the period. A rule that applies not only to mere mortals, but also to royal Duchesses like Kate Middleton. In recent days, Prince William’s wife has launched the results of one of her great projects on Instagram, which focuses on the mental well-being of parents. It is called “5 big questions” and is a survey aimed at parents of small children, under 5 years old. The Duchess of Cambridge is very busy with the cause and is very keen for certain topics to come up.
More than 500,000 British people responded to the survey: an impressive number, but linked to the popularity of the Duchess. The answers are very emblematic: 70% of the parents involved declared that, at least once in their life, they felt judged by other parents.
Kate Middleton has launched the answers to the 5 questions identified by the experts and pedagogues with which she was joined for her project on Instagram: in video-pills, to be exact. In these pills is Prince William’s wife reading the answers given by British parents. They are all emblematic of the fact that when you become a mom or dad, you often feel judged by others, as if there is only one way to raise children.
Here are the answers to the “5 Big Questions” survey on parents, mental well-being and family serenity:
How important are the first years of children’s life?
A theme very dear to Kate MIddleton, who knows how much memories and consciences form immediately in the family context. However, only one in four parents who responded to his survey admitted to knowing why the first five years of the child are so important.
About time to take care of yourself
Although 90% of respondents said it is critical for parents to take time out of what they spend with their children, only 10% admitted to doing it seriously. And 37% said Covid-19 is already having a devastating impact on their family’s peace of mind.
On feeling judged by others
70% of respondents said they felt, at least once in their life, judged by other mothers or fathers. This, they added, had several influences on their mental well-being.
On isolation during the pandemic
It is impossible to talk about parenting without referring to the restrictions of Covid-19, which English mothers and fathers have also experienced. Almost 68% of respondents said they no longer see friends and relatives due to the pandemic, in order to protect themselves and others as well. And that this is obviously touching their serenity.
On community support
Since there are no friends and relatives to ask for help, many have seen support in the community (even virtual) or in associations dedicated to difficult situations. Unfortunately, 33% have asked for help at least once, in this pandemic period, from charitable organizations. A situation that has also occurred in Italy, according to the Caritas report “2020 Report on Poverty and Social Exclusion in Italy” and the increasing demands of low-income families for bonuses and benefits.