1-in-4 parents avoid disciplining their children

275x250.jpgOne in four parents won't discipline their children - for fear of upsetting them, it has been claimed.

Researchers found the nation's mums and dads shy away from telling off their kids because they don't want to be seen as unfair or too strict.

A third of parents admitted avoiding keeping their child in check in public because they didn't want others to think they were being too harsh.

And more than half (55 percent) of those polled said they dished out less discipline than their own parents did.

Three in ten parents even admitted they were a pushover -- something their parents would give them a right telling off about.
A spokesman for Cadet150, which carried out the study of 2,000 parents, said: "Discipline is all part of growing up and it's important for children that they are taught the difference between right and wrong.

"It seems children these days get a far easier ride than parents did twenty or thirty years ago.

"Our survey suggests mums and dads tend to avoid ticking off their children because it's easier than having to deal with them kicking up more of a fuss.


It also emerged nine in ten adults considered themselves to be well-disciplined as a child - with six in ten being smacked, a similar number being sent to their bedroom and almost half being ordered into bed early.

One in five adults said they were banished to bed without dinner, while one in ten had their 'ears boxed' or their mouths washed out with soap.

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