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Parents' lesson in new term resolutions
11:31am Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
THE new school year is a chance to turn a new leaf – as 60 per cent of mums with primary schoolchildren vow to be better organised.
However, a failure to keep new school year resolutions makes 40 per cent feel like bad parents according to a new nationwide study.
In a survey of 1,850 mums with young schoolchildren by The Co-operative Food, most mums said they plan to get themselves organised to cope with the start of the term, saying getting the kids up and dressed is the most stressful part of the school routine.
In the North West 37 per cent of mums vow to make their children and themselves healthier at the start of term, promising to walk the kids to school and prepare healthier lunch boxes and evening meals.
But, despite their best efforts, these new school year resolutions don’t last long And 62 per cent revert to their old ways in less than three weeks.
The pressure of the work-life balance is apparent, with over half of mums feeling they weren’t concentrating enough on their children because of working, and they felt they weren’t giving their child enough quality time.
The top 10 resolutions include washing and ironing everything at the weekends; getting school bags packed for the next day with my child before bedtime; prepare packed lunches the night before and making sure homework is completed before evening meal.