ALMOST one in five British parents have been accused of bad parenting by a complete stranger, according to a new survey.
A new study of British parents has revealed the extent to which many have been openly judged, with as many as 17 percent having been chastised by a passerby in the street.
A further 30 percent have been told by their own parents that their parenting skills are lacking, while more than one in ten (13 percent) have been admonished by a sibling.
To add insult to injury, one in twenty have even been pulled up on their parenting style by a work colleague.
In fact, according to the poll, a staggering 20 percent of mums and dads have been told at some point in their life that they are a “bad parent”.
So, it may not come as a surprise that as many as 36 percent feel they are underperforming as a parent, and that the average British mum or dad feels like a bad parent on as many as seven occasions every week.
The study, of 1,500 parents of primary school aged children, by Kinder Chocolate, revealed the extent of guilt felt by modern parents, with more than half (51 percent) regretting how often they lose their temper with their children.
And 46 percent feeling awful about how much screen time they allow their offspring to have.
38 percent feel guilty about how often they check their own phone when they are with their kids.
Not being able to afford to take their offspring on enough holidays was a guilt trigger for 47 percent, while 24 percent felt anxious for not making their child read every day.
A huge 61 percent of parents simply wish they could spend more time with their children.
Elizabeth Kilbey, leading clinical psychologist said of the research: “Parenting is one of the toughest jobs we’ll ever do, and parents are always striving to do their best
“Yet feel guilty when they think they are not. But, like so many aspects of child psychology, we need to think small and keep it simple.
“What children value most is the time they spend with their parents, enjoying simple pleasures over grand gestures.”
‘HARDER THAN IMAGINED’
A Kinder spokesperson commented: “Whilst parents may be feeling guilty about how much time they spend with their children, and it’s clearly still a struggle to find that work/life balance for many families, it’s actually the little shared moments of joy that mean a lot to children.”
When it comes to our expectations of parenting, nine out of ten say being a parent is harder than they imagined, and half feel jealous when they see other mums and dads who seem to be doing a better job.
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Yet some 88 percent said feeling guilty is just part of being a parent, and 94 percent believe that there is no such thing as a perfect parent.
As many as 97 percent of mums and dads think their kids will turn out OK, with 58 percent believing they are better parents than their own were.
A separate pan European report by Kinder last month, found as many as 74 percent of UK parents feel increasingly overwhelmed by parenting, a higher number than many other countries.
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