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Sunday 19 November 2017

Third of mums have favourite child while dads quicker at changing nappies

Catherine Wylie London

MORE than a third of mothers secretly have a favourite child, a parenting survey has shown.

Thirty-four per cent of mothers and 28pc of fathers admitted to preferring one of their children over the others in the survey of 2,212 British parents.

Conducted by website Parentdish, it looked into a day in the life of today's parents and found that TV presenter and model Holly Willoughby (23pc) and footballer David Beckham (20pc) are the top celebrity role models in the UK.

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

The survey found that more than one in five parents felt pressured to buy their children the latest gadgets to fit in with their schoolfriends.

It also found only 10pc of mothers felt it was important to go back to work after having children, with most citing financial reasons (63pc).

The research found that overall more mothers lied about their children than fathers, with 22pc lying about holiday plans and 18pc about after school activities, whereas fathers lied more about grades (22pc).

Men are much quicker at changing nappies, with women taking an average of two minutes, five seconds while men take one minute, 36 seconds.

Of those parents surveyed, 42pc cited love and affection as the things that made them happiest about being a parent.

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

Irish Independent

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