More than nine in 10 parents have squabbles with their children every day – including going to bed on time, eating vegetables, and doing their homework.
A poll of 1,000 parents found that it takes an average of 40 minutes to get a child to leave the house – due to battles about getting dressed, brushing their hair, and wearing a coat when it is cold.
Other top daily struggles include children not wanting to go to school, not drinking enough water, and how much screen time they have have.
As a result, 69 per cent feel frustrated as they are trying to do what’s best for them – yet a third don’t think their child realises they are nagging them in their favour.
And over two-thirds (67 per cent) think everyday tasks, like cleaning teeth and wearing glasses, are key to improving their infant’s self-esteem.
But 63% believe going through a single day without some kind of disagreement with their offspring would be a miracle.
As parents, two-thirds have a new understanding of how their own guardians felt raising them.
It also emerged that, of the 37 per cent of those polled whose children wear glasses, 69% struggle to get them to wear their spectacles – even though one in five (19 per cent) consider this a top priority.
The poll was commissioned by spectacle lens manufacturer, HOYA Lens UK, whose spokeswoman, Professor Kathryn J Saunders, optometry division head at Ulster University, said: “Parents invest a lot of time and energy in making sure their children are healthy and happy.
“A key component of wellbeing for those who need glasses is making sure they are worn – and wearing glasses is also important to ensure that vision is as good as possible, now and over the long-term.
“Researchers have also proven a clear relationship between being short-sighted and spending less time outdoors in childhood.
“There’s no better time than the new school term to have a fresh focus on encouraging children to put down their phones or tablets, and get outdoors.”
The study also found that, of those who have children who wear glasses, 61 per cent blame the struggle to get them to wear them on the fact that none of their friends wear spectacles.
Others said their children find them uncomfortable (60 per cent), or have been teased in the past (52 per cent).
But 79 per cent have tried making glasses more appealing to their child, by buying fashionable frames or reminding them of their favourite film characters that also wear them – like Harry Potter.
And two in five (39 per cent) like to turn it into a game of “who can wear their glasses for the longest”, with 85 per cent finding these measures successful.
The research, commissioned by OnePoll, also found that with studies showing that glasses to correct vision problems can improve a child’s psychosocial wellbeing, seven in ten of those whose children wear glasses believe it’s important to learn about how to boost and stimulate this in their offspring.
Andrew Sanders, professional services director at HOYA Lens UK, makers of the MiYOSMART spectacle lens, which aims to help reduce the progression of myopia, said: “The results prove parents are keen to boost and stimulate their child’s wellbeing, despite the daily struggles they go through to do what’s best for them.
“We believe it is vital that parents are supported with the information they need to understand the positive impact on a child’s wellbeing when they have the appropriate eye care and wear their glasses if needed, to improve vision.
“Myopia (short-sightedness) could potentially affect five billion people, or half of the global population, by 2050.
“If left untreated, myopia can lead to lasting vision problems – so we are keen to raise awareness of this progressive eye condition which can have an impact on a child’s everyday activities.”
TOP 20 DISAGREEMENTS PARENTS HAVE WITH THEIR CHILDREN:
- Going to bed on time
- Eating vegetables
- What time they can go to bed
- Doing homework
- Going to school
- How much screen time they can have
- Getting dressed
- Drinking enough water
- Not to argue with their siblings
- Wearing a coat when it’s cold
- How many sweets they can have
- Combing/brushing their hair
- Making them brush their teeth
- What types of video games they can play
- Washing their hands after using the toilet
- Wearing their school uniform
- Putting suncream on when it’s hot
- Getting them to wear their glasses
- Wearing a hat when it’s hot
- Sleeping in the dark