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Parents In The UK Spend Nine Days A Year Trying To Get Their Kids To Bed, Study Finds

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Parents In The UK Spend Nine Days A Year Trying To Get Their Kids To Bed, Study Finds

We all know how long it takes to get the kids to bed. Whether you've sat for hours outside their bedroom doors, or read a bedtime story for the hundredth time, it can be one of the most challenging parts of their routines.

But did you know that on average, parents spend nine days of the year getting their children to sleep?!

That's over 200 hours, people.

Parent spend nine days a year putting their kids to bed (Credit: Pexels)
Parent spend nine days a year putting their kids to bed (Credit: Pexels)
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The study, by Compare the Market, surveyed 1,000 parents with children aged between three and 10 years old and found on average, it took them 34 minutes to get their kids ready for bed.

And they discovered a whole host of common excuses used by kids, such as not being able to sleep without their favourite toy, being scared of the dark, feeling poorly or complaining that it's too light outside.

Half of participants said they often found their kids playing in their rooms when they should have been sleeping, while 20 per cent were caught watching TV and 28 per cent playing on a device.

Some 28 per cent of parents said they found their kids playing on a device (Credit: Pexels)
Some 28 per cent of parents said they found their kids playing on a device (Credit: Pexels)
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Meanwhile, a huge 83 per cent of mums and dads say they regularly go back into their kids' bedrooms to check they've gone to sleep post bedtime.

It also revealed the average bedtime was around 7:50pm.

Julie Daniels, head of rewards for Compare the Market said: "Bedtime never seems to get easier.

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"Our study has shown that even with a thorough routine, you can't stop children still wanting that extra five minutes of awake time.

"But you can usually tell - as parents - when your youngster is being genuine, such as wanting a drink or being afraid of the dark, and when they are prolonging you leaving the room and just getting on with your evening.

"And regardless of the excuse, it can still be hard to say no to your little one no matter how hard you try."

Kids, gotta' love 'em eh!

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Topics: Life News, Parenting

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