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22nd Mar 2023

Apparently Irish parents are the most lenient in Europe

Clodagh McKeon

70% of Irish parents teach their children how to cook

New research carried out by My Nametags revealed that Ireland is the most lenient parenting nation in Europe.

56% of Irish parents agree they take a relaxed approach to raising their children by only enforcing a few or inconsistent rules.

This is in contrast to the Netherlands, which ranks the strictest, with 3/5’s of parents adopting a firm approach to rules with their children.

The study shows that Irish parents take a laid-back approach to raising children in many aspects of day-to-day life.

For example, Irish parents are 30% less likely to expect their children to help with household chores than Portuguese parents.

They’re also the most likely to let their children stay up past their bedtime than anywhere else in Europe.

Despite our relaxed attitude, Irish parents are also the most likely to get hands on with their children. For example, 70% teach their children how to cook, compared to less than half of Belgians.

The biggest influence on modern parents also differs across Europe.

84% of Irish parents claim that what they didn’t like about their own upbringing has had the biggest impact on their parenting style.

By comparison, 56% of Portuguese parents are most affected by social media whilst 48% Belgian parents say they are most influenced by other parents at their child’s school.

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