Mums regret little time to play with kids

Eighty one per cent of mums think parenting is the hardest job of all, according to a new poll.

Eighty one per cent of mums think parenting is the hardest job of all, according to a new poll.

More than half of the 3,000 mums surveyed by TheBabyWebsite, said they don’t make enough time to sit down with their little ones to play with their toys, games and dressing up.

The poll showed disciplining the children, cooking more meals from scratch and running a tidier house were other tasks they thought they could do better.

Kathryn Crawford, co-Editor of The BabyWebsite, said: “Mums are in the habit of giving themselves a hard time, and these survey results are no exception. For many mums, looking after the kids, managing the house and for some, working outside the home too, often turns into one big chaotic juggling act. Mums need to remember that the most important thing of all is to provide a loving and stable environment for the children to grow up in. After that, if they can find a little extra time to play with the children then great – as kids will appreciate one on one attention far more than a tidy house and fine dining.”

The poll shows patience is a big priority for mums as 50% want to try and hold their temper for longer rather than erupting at the slightest tantrum. Some 17 % wanted to be "the fun one", doing more games, arts and crafts and singing.

However, eight in 10 mums said they feel under enormous pressure to have it all, and be good at it all, from having a perfect career to a perfect little family. And 53% think it is almost impossible to achieve this perfect work/life balance.

Kathryn Crawford says: “I think there is a certain pressure on mums to perform brilliantly in every area of their life – and it’s only natural that some areas of parenting and work will suffer if we try to do everything. Mums should give themselves a break, as the majority do a fine job of raising children in a happy home.”

Three quarters of mums polled admit they often leave the children to entertain themselves so they can get a bit of work or chores done. And two thirds regularly feel guilty for being unable to do everything – wishing they had more people on hand to help out. But 74 per cent of mums think they do the best they can, given their situation, with the children being content and happy with their lives.

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