Parents take average of 40 MINUTES to get kids out of the house due to teeth-cleaning and hair-brushing battles | The Sun

IT takes an average of 40 minutes to get a child out of the house – thanks to squabbles over teeth cleaning, hair brushing and appropriate clothing.

A poll of 1,000 parents found 91 per cent have battles with their kids every day, including whether they should go to school, wear sun lotion, eat vegetables or drink water.

Mums and dads also struggle to get their children to put their glasses on, go to bed on time – and wash their hands after using the toilet.

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 67 per cent think everyday tasks like cleaning teeth and wearing glasses are key to improving their infant’s self-esteem.

But 63 per cent 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 per cent struggle to get them to wear their spectacles, even though 19 per cent consider this a top priority.

The poll was commissioned by spectacle lens manufacturer, HOYA Lens UK, whose spokesperson, 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 – wearing glasses is also important to ensure that vision is as good as possible now and over the long-term.

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“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 their 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).


1.            Going to bed on time

2.            Eating vegetables

3.            What time they can go to bed

4.            Doing homework

5.            Going to school

6.            How much screen time they can have

7.            Getting dressed

8.            Drinking enough water

9.            Not to argue with their siblings

10.          Wearing a coat when it’s cold

11.          How many sweets they can have

12.          Combing/brushing hair

13.          Making them brush their teeth

14.          What types of video games they can play

15.          Washing their hands after using the toilet

16.          Wearing their school uniform

17.          Putting suncream on when it’s hot

18.          Getting them to wear their glasses

19.          Wearing a hat when it’s hot

20.         Sleeping in the dark

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.

While 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 10 of those who 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.

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“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 this progressive eye condition which can have an impact on a child’s everyday activities.”

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