Half of dads report being told they are parenting wrong, survey finds

Dads speak out on "GMA," after a new report claims that more than 50% of fathers say they have received criticism about their parenting style, and 44% of the time that's coming from the mom.
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cover story and with father's day just two days away a brand-new survey finds more than half of dads say they've been dad shamed. Told they're parenting wrong and whit Johnson has more. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. We're both dads. I think it's safe to admit we don't always get things right but a new survey shows that many dads including celebrities say that they are being shamed, under attack, both on social media and sometimes in their own homes. Dad shaming, it happened to actor Chris Pratt on Instagram just this week and he's not alone. Kanye west, Justin Timberlake and, yes, even 007, Daniel Craig have all been burned by dad shaming. Now a new survey conducted by the university of Michigan is finding that more than half of men say they get criticized about how they parent. These two friends and dads couldn't agree more with the findings. Has to be a dad thing when people look at you and say, hey, this person is definitely a dad and they don't know what they're talking about. Kind of hurtful. It's kind of hurtful because I think when we all have kid, none of us really know how to be a parent. I'll be told that I should be paying more attention to my child when we're at the park. Never mind the fact that I know exactly where he is and can see him. Reporter: When the study asked who was the most critical? Turns out it's the child's mom. 44% of the time they give negative feedback. I think as moms sometimes we just feel there's a certain way you do things and when dads aren't doing them we immediately say something. Reporter: These dads say any simply have a different way of parenting than moms. My parenting style is more relaxed and let the kids explore. My mother-in-law, even my own mother, they don't like that. They want me to be on top of my kids a little bit more. Reporter: The survey also revealing the bulk of the criticism centers around discipline, what the kids eat and a perception that dads are not paying attention to their children. Majority of homes the mom is the primary caregiver so when dad steps in and does something differently, of course, sometimes our knee-jerk reaction is you're doing it wrong. Reporter: For these dads the inclusion is simple. The best parents know they're not perfect. We're all making this up as we go. Dads want to be present. They're going to be present and they're going to make mistakes so give us a break. Give us a chance to actually parent. And a key takeaway, many dads say they are listening and willing to make positive changes so the moral to the story here, less shaming, more constructive criticism could go a long way. Agree 100%. Happy father's day. Happy father's day to you as well.

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