Parents Argue With Kids Whopping Two Thousand Times Yearly Shows Study

by | November 2, 2018

Researchers who surveyed two thousand families with kids aged between two and twelve had some eye-opening results, showing the average parents argue with kids six times daily. 

The more common of those arguments are centered around what to drink or eat. As a parent of a fussy toddler, I can find myself counting up those arguments, and six sounds just about right. 

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The poll, conducted by The Mirror showed that kids refusing to eat what their parents cooked is the winner of the arguments, with then complaining about hunger and cleaning up living spaces coming in next.

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However, it was released that parents only ‘win’ just over 50th of the arguments, with 6 out of ten parents admitting they simply compromise for an easier life. After all, it’s not always easy when parents argue with kids over everything. 

A spokesman for Capri-Sun, which commissioned the research, said: “Many parents believe that reaching a compromise with their children is the best way to keep everyone happy.”

“With the majority of household rows being about food and drink, mums and dads have the tricky task of settling a fight while still keeping the upper hand.”

“Feedback from parents led us to update the recipe for our Original range to be one the whole family can agree on; a treat that kids love and parents can feel good about.”

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Top 30 Reasons Parents Argue With Kids

1. Children not eating everything on their plate

2. Untidy bedrooms

3. Children saying they are hungry but not wanting to eat anything healthy

4. Children complaining they are full after barely touching their food

5. Siblings fighting with each other

6. Children eating sweets or chocolate before a meal

7. Children trying to delay bedtime, or not going to sleep

8. Homework

9. Children wanting to go on gadgets more often than they are allowed

10. Children not brushing their teeth at all/ for long enough

11. Dirty laundry being left on the floor instead of in the laundry basket

12. Children not drinking enough water

13. Children wanting soft drinks instead of water

14. Children not helping out with their share of the household chores

15. Children wanting something sweet to drink too close to bedtime

16. Children not wanting to have a bath or shower

17. Lost items

18. Broken items

19. What time children should go to bed

20. What to watch on TV

21. Children wanting to buy something you/they can’t afford

22. Empty food and drink cartons being put back in the fridge or cupboards

23. Children grabbing a snack without asking

24. Children insisting on having lots of sauce or ketchup with their meal

25. Children playing music or the television too loud

26. Gadgets being used at the dinner table

27. Children leaving plates or dishes in their bedroom

28. Requests for money

29. Someone spending too long in the bathroom

30. Whose turn it in to wash up, put the dishes away, load or unload the dishwasher

What do you think the most common reasons parents argue with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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