New study finds that 8-year-olds are toughest age to parent during lockdown 10 months ago

New study finds that 8-year-olds are toughest age to parent during lockdown

Do you have an eight-year-old at home?

The last couple of months haven't been easy for anyone.

Parents in particular found themselves thrown in at the deep end when schools and childcare facilities closed.

In my home I have a two-year-old and an eight-year-old, so I'm home-schooling and potty training while also working for home. Not ideal, but when pandemics happen you just have to get on with it.

People will often joke about the terrible twos or how difficult toddlers can be but a recent study found that it's actually eight-year-olds that are the hardest to parent right now.

According a study conducted by Mixbook eight-year-olds are the most difficult to parent during quarantine.

The study of 2,000 parents of school-age children found that the average parent believes eight to be most difficult age to raise.


While the toddler stage has gotten many negative nicknames like 'The Terrible Twos' or 'Threenagers', the eight-year-old stage is now being referred to by some as the 'Hateful Eights'.

The study didn't go into details about why this might be other than mentioning that this is usually the stage when kids start to become more independent.

My two-year-old recently told me off for interrupting the chat she was having with her friend through the garden fence so I don't know about that. From what I can see girls are born independent.

I do definitely think it's an age when children become more self aware and more self conscious and these insecurities may cause them to act out sometimes.

Add to that the fact that they've now been pulled out of school with limited access to family and friends and it's not exactly going to make the situation easier.

Like with any difficult stage of parenting, this too shall pass but if you do feel like there is something genuinely worrying your child reassure them that you are always there to listen to any concerns that they might have.