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Mums admit favourite child is guilty secret

More than a third of mothers secretly have a favourite child, according to a parenting survey.

Thirty-four percent of mothers and 28pc of fathers admitted to preferring one of their children over the others, while more than half of the parents (54pc) said they lied to other parents about weekend plans for their children.

The research – The State of Parenting Today by website Parentdish – looked into a day in the life of today's parents, and found that Holly Willoughby (23pc) and David Beckham (20pc) are the top celebrity role models in the UK.

They were followed by Angelina Jolie (8pc) and Peter Andre (11pc), with the public choosing these celebrities ahead of other famous parents, including Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Adele, Brad Pitt, Gary Barlow, Cherie Blair, Prince Charles and Jamie Oliver.

In the survey of 2,212 parents, more than one in five felt pressured to buy their children the latest gadgets to fit in with other parents.

The research found just 10pc of mums felt it was important to go back to work after having children to develop their career, with most citing financial reasons (63pc) for their return.



With over half (54pc) lying about weekend plans for their kids, the research found that overall more mothers lied than fathers, with 22pc lying about holiday plans and 18pc about after school activities.

The research found men are quicker at changing nappies, with women taking an average of two minutes, five seconds, and men taking one minute, 36 seconds.

Although overall outlook was positive and parents are happy, 42pc felt that things could be better with their children and 17pc felt that they were going through a stressful time – but only 6pc said they felt tired.

The stress appears to be a small factor though as 92pc of parents said it was all worth it.

When asked why, watching their children play together (32pc) and reading their child a story (24pc) were reasons chosen as the most satisfying role of being a parent.

Of those parents surveyed, 42pc cited unrequited love as the thing that made them happiest about being a parent, but Sunday lie-ins (40pc) and money (38pc) were the things they missed most.

Tamsin Kelly, editor of the Parentdish website, said: "Dads changing nappies quicker than mums is a surprise to me, although I am glad to see more dads getting stuck into this side of parenting."