When the Today Show and Parenting.com  asked 26,000 mothers to spill about their “secrets and confessions,” the results  were the stuff of daytime TV talk shows.
“Nearly one in five moms admits medicating their child to get through a special event like a plane flight; one in 12 does it just to get some peace and quiet on a regular night,” Today reported. “Half have knowingly sent a sick kid to daycare or school, 85 percent use their kids to get out of social obligations . . . [and] nearly one in three uses work as an excuse to avoid taking care of the kids.” (August 2011)