Despite being in an age of the emergence of the "alpha mom" and media attention on the turmoil of motherhood as reflected in the book Perfect Madness and the television show Desperate Housewives, the Martex/iVillage study found that an overwhelming majority of moms -- 94% -- agree that being a mom makes them extremely happy. The vast majority (90%) also agree that they're doing a good job. [Figure 1]
Whether moms indicated they used or didn't use child care, whether they were employed full time or they were homemakers, and whether they were single moms or married, almost all agreed evenly at or above the 90th percentile that they were good moms. [Table 1]
It's this feeling of a job well done, this personal recognition of being a good mother regardless of certain circumstances -- sometimes less than ideal circumstances -- that captures the essence of our findings.
Further supporting the fact that most moms are happy, we found that 96% of moms say that they find their child/children to be amazing every day. Mothers also perceive that their children value their efforts, with 88% acknowledging that "My children think that I'm a good mother." [Figure 2]