The study, conducted by www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk as part of research into parenting techniques, asked 1, 211 parents what their resolutions for 2011 were.
Of the parents who took part in the study, one in three, 33%, admitted that their New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to ‘be a better parent.’
These respondents were then asked to stipulate exactly how they intended to fulfil this resolution. The majority, 52%, explained that they intended to ‘spend more time with their children’ in 2011; whilst one in five, 21%, admitted that they intended to ‘get to know their children better.’ One in ten, 11%, of these parents explained that they intended to ‘tell off their children less;’ whilst 7% intended to ‘tell off their children more often.’
6% of the respondents who intended to ‘be better parents’ in 2011 admitted that they intended to do so by ‘cooking more fresh meals’ for their children. These respondents were then asked to stipulate how many fresh meals, per week, they currently cook. The majority, 51%, admitted that they cooked ‘three fresh meals or less’ per week; whilst 25% explained that they cooked ‘five fresh meals or less.’ 14% admitted that they never cooked fresh meals for their children.
Furthermore, of the parents who took part in the study, over half, 54%, stated that they believed they were ‘good parents.’ Just under one in five, 19%, labelled themselves as ‘bad parents;’ whilst the remaining 27% were ‘unsure.’
Andy Cole, parenting expert at MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, commented on the findings:
“We wanted to see what parents’ resolutions were for the New Year, and whether or not any of them centred around their role as a parent. The fact that one in three of the parents we polled admitted that their top resolution for the new year was to be a better parent was surprising, but as it is such a difficult job in its very nature, it’s perfectly normal for a parent to feel like they could be doing better.”
“It seems that many wanted to spend more time with their children in the New Year, which is an excellent resolution to keep. Spending time with your children is important, both for their development and for your relationship as a family. Try to set aside time every week, dedicated solely to doing things with your children. Unlike some resolutions, this one can really benefit your family in the long run, and shouldn’t be difficult to stick to.”
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