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The average household spends hours bickering every week

All families have the odd argument, it’s safe to say that’s pretty normal


But, researchers have found that in the average household, parents and children spend hours bickering, with the typical family falling out around five times a week.

In a survey carried out by British Gypsum, of 2,000 parents 53 per cent described their home as “chaotic” and 42 per cent said their house was constantly noisy.

Dads you can probably come up with your own every-day argument-causers in your house, but the survey’s results concluded within the top 10 are:

People not being ready on time, leaving lights on, door-slamming, children not wanting what’s for dinner and kids jumping on furniture.

Following the poll, British Gypsum has said families have of course been arguing about slamming doors and “who started it” for decades -and this is unlikely to change.

However, with the evolution of technology over the last 20 years or so, a spokesman for the company said it’s the amount of gadgets in the home that have been the game-changer:

“It’s not uncommon for every family member to have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, mp3 player and games consoles.

These seem to be a major bone of contention in households, whether it’s parents spending too long glued to their laptop or kids refusing to put their gadgets down or the constant chirping and bleeping that they make.”

The poll also revealed that most arguments take place between the children (34 per cent), followed by mum and children (21 per cent).

And you’ll be glad to know (or may well disagree!), the fewest fall-outs take place between mum and dad.

This said, 35 per cent of parents did say they wouldn’t have it any other way at home.

A British Gypsum spokesman added: “Some of the tiffs that are mentioned in this list are quite endearing.

“Nothing is quite so grating as the noise a child learning to play the violin or recorder makes, but parents have to grin and bear it.”

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