Every stage in parenting has its good and bad moments but a new study reveals the golden age for parenting when children shine the brightest and are the most fun.
According to a survey of 2,000 parents, conducted by Soreen, children are the most fun at aged five. And, surprisingly, for many parents with young children, it looks like the worst is yet to come with the hardest age in parenting arriving when a child has just turned ten.
Nearly 40 per cent of parents agreed that age five is the best. Five-year-olds adore mum and dad. They want nothing more than to be with their parents and to explore their world with them close by. But a child’s ability to communicate properly topped the list with 38 per cent of parents claiming this is why five is the most fun.
There are plenty of other reasons too. One-third of parents said that by the age of five their child had ‘started to display a good sense of humour’ and 23 per cent said it was because they ‘can now properly enjoy playing sports and activities’.
Apparently, things start to go pear-shaped as soon as a child hits the tweens, with most parents admitting that children are the most difficult to spend time with between the ages of 10 and 12.
The newborn, toddler and preschool years came in the middle of the most stressful and most fun period in parenting (which, I suppose is a good thing for those who have tantruming toddlers and terrible threenagers in the house). However, most parents surveyed agree that parenting is a 50/50 split between ‘fun’ and ‘hard work’, regardless of what age and stage their child is at.
Do you agree with these results? What has been your favourite age for your children so far?
(via The Daily Mail)