“Dad, dad, come outside and play with us”.
According to a new survey, the average dad suffers 22 injuries a year after agreeing to take part in fun and games with their children.
The study of 2,000 parents by insurance company There, has revealed the wear and tear on Britain’s dads.
It seems it takes its toll on parents with school-age children and little ones.
Many suffer accidental kicks to the face or have bad backs from being a human climbing frame.
The research, commissioned by the new family-focussed insurance brand, found 40 per cent of dads felt walking across a toy covered floor was the most dangerous aspect of being a parent.
Let’s face it there, is nothing worse than stepping on a small piece of Lego.
Clive Allison, spokesman for There said: ‘’Every dad wants to be able to play with their kids and make the most of enjoying those early years before the children quickly grow up.”
He added: “More often than not a knock or bash to the shin can be shaken off but the results show more serious injuries can happen and have even led to dads taking time off work which can cause families problems financially.”
According to the study some of the injuries reported have been so bad, that around a fifth of dads have taken time off work because of an injury picked up following an activity with the family.
An incident which would cause many families added stress.
Just under a third of dads surveyed said they been head-butted by their young child and a quarter said play-fighting with the kids regularly saw them tweak something.
It is important to take an interest in the games and activities your children like but at the same time dads need to know their limits when it comes to keeping up with the children.