Parents Spend the Equivalent of 6 Full Days a Year Dealing with Tantrums, Study Finds

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Any parent with a toddler or two is well versed in the art of temper tantrums. They can be drawn out by anything, from not wanting to go to bed to having their peas touch their mashed potatoes at dinner. Dealing with tantrums feels like a battle that never seems to end. And according to a recent study, those feelings aren't at all unfounded.


A recent poll conducted by the food company Dolmio found that parents spend about 23 minutes a day dealing with their kids' "domestic dramas." While the incidents that fall under domestic dramas are loosely defined, it's safe to say that temper tantrums and arguments make up the bulk of them. 

Basic calculations show 23 minutes per day translates to about two hours and 41 minutes each week, which in turn equals about six full days a year. 

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In the grand scheme of an entire year, six days doesn't seem all that long. But imagine spending every waking moment of almost an entire week with your kids screaming and crying in your face. The visual alone is enough to make anyone shudder in fear.

The study, which was conducted on an online polling website, garnered responses from 2,000 parents. All participants were asked questions relating to their children and, more specifically, their children's tantrum habits. 

The results showed the most common causes of "domestic dramas" were getting the kids to bed, followed by getting them to do homework, and rounded out with trying to limit television usage.

In addition to these numbers, Dolmio's poll also found that parents spend around 27 hours a year making food that will wind up going uneaten. And 28 percent of the participating parents said that even dinner is disrupted by arguments them stem from kids' not wanting to eat their vegetables.

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But the most surprising part of these statistics may be the fact that these numbers don't seem surprising at all. In fact, they seem a little low.

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