It's often an unspoken anxiety, but it's easy to underestimate just how many parents out there feel inadequate. While they could feel this way in general, it's usually because of something in their lives that doesn't live up to the ideal models they've seen at other people's houses either in-person or on social media.
And since it's also incredibly common for strangers to shame parents for engaging in behavior or keeping a household they don't agree with, it's not as if that pressure is only coming from within.
So whether we're talking how their bodies have changed after having children or the ways they parent those children, there can be a lot of value to be had when parents show an honest view of how messy and chaotic their lives can often be.
But as we'll see in one mom's frank example of the mess four children can make, that honesty isn't so refreshing for everyone and can spark some surprisingly heated discussions.