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02 August 2017

Half of parents admit they are scared of their own children’s tantrums and give in to their demands through fear

Over half of parents are scared of their own children, according to new research.

Researchers surveyed British parents and revealed many give in to their children’s daily demands through fear of their reaction – with 56 percent admitting their child is the boss of them and of the house.

Kids are the boss of the house, half of parents say
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How much telly they watch and how many snacks they are allowed emerged as instances where kids generally get their own way.

More worryingly, one in five young children refuse to hold their parent’s hand in busy places and a quarter protest to wearing a hat when the sun is strong.

A further 21 percent refuse to sit quietly in restaurants and more than one in 10 throw a tantrum when told to put on sunscreen.

But when it comes to keeping behaviour in check, 50 percent of parents admit they regularly threaten their children punishments which never end up being carried out.

Over a third of the parents who took part in the survey claimed their children soak up every ounce of their energy and attention – with 19 percent claiming it is easier to let them have their own way than face the inevitable consequences.

The poll of 1,500 parents which was commissioned to coincide with the DVD release of The Boss Baby, also found daughters are more likely to rule the roost than sons – with two thirds of the parents polled claiming daughters are bossier.

Tantrums in public places make parents fearful
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By the age of seven kids have estblished control
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And according to the study, by the tender age of seven, the average child will have fully stamped their authority upon the house, according to the poll.

The summer holidays emerged as the time we are most bossed around by our children, with the average parent giving in to their child’s demands five times a day during the six-week break.


Summer holidays are when parents are bossed around the most
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Celebrity parent and spokesperson Kate Thornton commented on the research.

“In most families, everything is centred on the children’s happiness, especially during the summer holidays – but as a consequence that can sometimes feel like the kids are the boss of the house!”

Over half of the mums and dads studied said the summer holidays were the most stressful part of the year – the hardest part being thinking of fun things to do every day.

A third dreaded the house being torn upside down and 23 percent said they hated having to juggle work and childcare over the holidays.

One in five said having to keep a constant eye on them when out and about was exhausting, as were the constant demands.

For an easy life, parents said they give in to their kids most of the time rather than have a row over every small issue.

Kid's tantrum earns reward

 

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