One third of parents argue with friends over children

Study of parenting habits reveals 31% say kids cause conflict

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When you become a parent it’s natural to feel protective of your precious bundle and struggle to keep a cool head, as confirmed by a new survey revealing nearly a third of parents have fought with friends over their children.

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The poll, which asked 1,358 mums and dads of children under five years old about their parenting habits, found that 31% of respondents admitted their children were a cause of conflict.

Further investigation revealed that, of the parents who agreed they had argued, 37% said it was caused by a friend’s criticism of their parenting decisions, and 23% had fought over a friend’s decision to take their own child’s side in an argument between both of their children.

Other common provocations told to www.myvouchercodes.co.uk included a pal telling one of the respondents children off, or offending friends when they had expressed worries over one of their parenting decisions.

Reassuringly, although differing child-rearing techniques seem to frequently cause conflict in adult relationships, only 19% of respondents stopped talking to their friend altogether after such incidents, with 9% stating they swept the incident under the carpet and simply never spoke of it again.

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