Pre-School Parents Stressed
A new study done by Universities of Oxford, Reading and Southampton has shown that parents of Pre-school children are under increased stress due to their work, worries over children's screen time and well-being. Parents said their children were spending three hours a day playing and getting regular exercise. However, more than half of the parents expressed worries about not doing enough with their child, said Professor Helen Dodd, Department of Child Psychology, University of Reading. The survey revealed parents who are trying their best but who feel that they aren’t able to successfully meet the demands of their work whilst entertaining and caring for their child. The findings will help researchers identify what protects pre-school children from deteriorating mental health, over time, and at particular stress points, and how this may vary according to child and family characteristics. It also aims to identify what advice, support and help parents would find most useful.