37 per cent of mums compared to 20 per cent of dads believed they were stricter when it came to watching TV, playing computer games (30 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads), bedtime routine (39 per of mums, 17 per cent of dads), eating sweets (39 per cent of mums, 21 per cent of dads) and drinking fizzy drinks (36 per cent of mums, 17 per cent of dads).
Researchers found that mums tended to be stricter than dads when it came to trying new food (36 per cent of mums were stricter than dads at 19 per cent) and getting their children to do their homework (46 per cent of mums were stricter compared to 14 per cent of dads).
Dads are stricter at some things than mums
However, it seems dads are stricter at some things, like behaviour and punishment (31 per cent of dads compared to 28 per cent of mums).
The study also found that four in 10 couples admitted to adopting a ‘good cop, bad cop’ approach to parenting. As many as 41 per cent of mums believed they were the ‘bad cop’, compared to three in ten who say that is the father’s role.
What’s more, four in 10 parents believed their parenting style was ‘soft’ while 31 per cent believed they were strict with their kids.
“Parents often have to work as a team when it comes to raising their children, with one of them taking the lead when it comes to being ‘the strict one’,” said a spokesperson for Wellkid from Vitabiotics.
“And it seems mums are taking that title, with the results showing they are most likely to be the ones getting their children to do everything they should be doing, whether that’s their homework, eating a balanced diet or simply not spending all day glued to a screen.
“But while dads may be adopting a more laidback approach to these aspects of parenting, they are still the ones keeping an eye on bad behaviour.”
Stats from the study on which parent is stricter:
Watching TV shows or films considered too old – 31 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads
Playing with balls in the house – 30 per cent of mums, 24 per cent of dads
Pocket money – 25 per cent of mums, 24 per cent of dads
Buying children what they want – 32 per cent of mums, 25 per cent of dads
Bad behaviour and punishment – 28 per cent of mums, 31 per cent of dads
Homework – 46 per cent of mums, 14 per cent of dads
Time spent watching the TV – 37 per cent of mums, 22 per cent of dads
Time spent on computer games – 37 per cent of mums, 20 per cent of dads
Eating everything on your plate – 34 per cent of mums, 25 per cent of dads
How much sweets or chocolate is eaten – 39 per cent of mums, 21 per cent of dads
How many fizzy drinks are drunk – 36 per cent of mums, 17 per cent of dads
Getting children to bed at a certain time – 39 per cent of mums, 22 per cent of dads
Getting children trying new foods – 36 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads
Fruit and veg consumed by children – 43 per cent of mums, 12 per cent of dads
Playing computer games older than their age – (30 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads
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