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40% of children have unhealthy diets – but parents are powerless to stop them

Four in ten parents admit their children have an unhealthy diet, but they have given up trying to improve it, a study has found. Researchers found a large number of mums and dads believe their offspring could do with eating more fruit, drinking more water or ditching fatty treats, but most are at a complete [...]


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Average mum gets just 17 minutes of ‘me time’

The average mum gets just 17 minutes ‘me time’ to herself a day, new research has shown. Jam-packed schedules, running around after the kids, managing work and doing the lion’s share of the housework means the average mum gets less than an hour and a half all to herself each week. The study into British [...]


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Lazy men leave partners to take on 78% of the chores at home

Women still get the rough end of the deal in relationships – as a new study has found that nearly two thirds feel the household chores still aren’t shared equally between themselves and their partners – and that their current arrangement is ‘unfair’. When quizzed on their domestic workloads, it emerged that women take on [...]


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‘Bonus Birthdays’ – almost half of children receive presents on a sibling’s birthday

Millions of children are enjoying a ‘bonus birthday’ each year – because their parents don’t want them to feel left out on a sibling’s big day, a study has revealed. Researchers found almost half of children are having two or more ‘birthdays’ a year as parents buy them presents on their sibling’s birthdays, as well [...]


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Smartphones and tablets – the tech babysitter

Busy parents admit they regularly hand-over their smartphone or tablet to their children – to grab some peace and quiet, a study has found. Researchers found a large percentage of mums and dads who own up-to-date high-tech devices will happily let their children play with them in a bid to catch up with household chores [...]


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Pop songs topping lullabies for parents lulling children to sleep

Parents are ditching traditional lullabies to sing their children to sleep in favour of chart-topping pop songs, a study has revealed. A feeling that songs such as ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ are ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘silly’ emerged as the main reasons, with other mums and dads admitting they struggle to recall latter verses of the old [...]


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New mums feel they ‘lose their identity’ during baby’s first year

The average first-time mum finds the first year of her baby’s life ‘chaotic’, ‘tiring’ and ‘stressful’ – as a detailed study into the trials and tribulations of becoming a parent showed the extent to which mums find the initial 12 months emotionally and physically draining. A large percentage even admitted the more negative aspects of [...]


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Being a mum means a 57-hour week – on top of a career

Being a mum IS a full-time job, it has emerged – after a study found the average mother devotes a staggering 57 hours a week to tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing and playing nurse to the family. The research found that typically a mum carries out 34 tasks per day, a grand total of [...]


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Death of the bucket and spade – children want more from holidays

The traditional ‘bucket and spade’ family holiday is a thing of the past, a new study has revealed. Parents are turning away from the conventional beach holiday to cater for their children’s short attention spans, love of video games and need for constant stimulation. Ahead of the October half-term, the study found six out of [...]


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Children ‘working’ 54 hour weeks (with school, homework and activities)

Shattered kids are ‘working’ for over 54 hours a week, according to a new study. Researchers found parents are over-timetabling their children with extra-curricular activities and homework in addition to their school commitments. This means exhausted children are spending seven hours a week more in educational activities than the average adult does working. Most children already [...]


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