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Family days out help improve dads’ mood

Yes, there really is such a thing – the ultimate grumpy dad checklist.

50 things that make dads' grumpy revealed | Image: Pixabay

The 50 things that put fathers in a bad mood have been revealed in a new survey.

Almost a quarter of British dads admit they are always cranky, while another 73 per cent reckon they are becoming more so as they get older.

The poll by Merlin Annual Pass, involving more than 1,000 dads, also found they are at their most grumpy at the age of 39.

It found people leaving the lights on is most likely to make them grumble, followed by traffic jams, bad drivers, general bad manners and cold callers in the evening.

Pollyanna Haigh, from Merlin Annual Pass, said: “From our experience, Dad’s will openly admit they have a reputation for being the grumpy ones of the family, and we wanted to see if this really was the case; and the survey suggests it is!

“As we all know, everyone has grumbles from time to time – perhaps dads are just not as good at hiding their moans as others.

“However, children grow up so fast, so it’s important for families to maximise the fun times together before they grow up and become parents themselves.”

Completing the top ten reasons for dads to moan was their football team losing, work interrupting family time, X Factor, the cost and planning involved in a family day trip and the children arguing.

On a plus more than half of those questioned said a good night’s sleep is often all it takes to bring an end to their grumpiness, with some even saying that food helps.

A family day out, a nice gesture from a partner or children and a cold bitter or lager also helps improve moods.

The research also found that the best time for bonding with children is on holiday, when they catch him at his best, followed by the evenings and weekends.

How many can you tick off from the Grumpy dad checklist below?

1. People leaving the lights on
2. Bad traffic
3. Bad drivers
4. General bad manners
5. The kids arguing
6. Always being asked for money/treated like an ATM
7. Your favourite football team losing
8. The kids not helping with the chores
9. Having the heating on too high
10. The kids not saying please or thank-you
11. Doors being slammed
12. The kids not eating their meal but then complaining they are hungry later on
13. The front or back door being left open
14. Not spending time with the family because of work
15. All the planning and cost that any family activity involves
16. Cold callers calling in the evening
17. People stomping around the house
18. X Factor
19. Not being able to snooze on the sofa
20. Always being the one to do the bins and recycling
21. Reality TV shows
22. Putting up Christmas decorations too early
23. Being told to do the hoovering/other household chores
24. The kids spending too much time on the internet
25. Lego/other toys being left lying around for you to stand on
26. Being seen as a taxi driver by your children
27. Kids playing music too loud
28. Having to do all the gardening
29. Shoes being left by the front/back door
30. The cost of petrol
31. Drum and Bass music
32. The television being too loud
33. Pop music
34. Dance music
35. Having to do washing up
36. Strictly Come Dancing
37. EastEnders
38. Coronation Street
39. Geordie Shore
40. People popping round to visit unexpectedly
41. The kids watching too much TV
42. Kim Kardashian
43. The neighbour’s cat
44. The kids recording every episode for The Simpsons/Friends etc and taking up all the space on the Sky+ box
45. None / Nothing
46. The kids staying in bed too long
47. What your son/daughter is wearing (‘that’s a belt, not a skirt!’)
48. Other
49. Having the TV on when eating
50. Always being the one to take the dog for a walk


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