Average British household spends 34 minutes a day shouting at each other

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EABowden
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Posted: Friday the 22nd August 2008 at 10:42


Average British household spends 34 minutes a day shouting at each other


From Her Majesty's Torygraph today...

Half of households with more than one child spend at least an hour in heated argument, according to a study looking at how we live behind closed doors, carried out by Channel 4 ahead of a new documentary called The Family.
The series follows the ground-breaking Seventies fly-on-the-wall documentary of the same name.

While families may not alway get along, a majority of teenagers defied stereotypes to admit that they did love their parents. The YouGov poll of 1,000 parents and 500 teenagers found almost half of teenage boys said they would like to marry someone like their mother, while 98 per cent of teenagers admitted they loved their parents.

Nine in ten families sit down for dinner together while 69 per cent of teenagers think family is the most important thing.

Adults also revealed a number of surprising admission, with 13 per cent admitted they have a favourite child. One in five parents also admitted to loving the family pet as much as their children, while a third admitted at least one of their children was unplanned.

Channel 4 said: "The statistics shine a light on various aspects of modern family dynamics. This is an insight into what really goes on and how families relate to each other." The eight-part documentary will be broadcast next month.


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How does that compare to people on here?





Mike Teavee
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Posted: Friday the 22nd August 2008 at 11:11


The Mike Teavee household is a fairly harmonious one.
We don't really argue in our house... just make lots of snidey comments under our breath... which is probably far less healthy than actually having a full-blown row, at least that gets everything out in the open.

34 minutes is quite a lot to be bellowing at each other isn't it?

"One in five parents also admitted to loving the family pet as much as their children" Laughing Laughing Laughing

I don't have any nippers but that seems pretty off. Confused
Isn't it?


Daisy2002
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Posted: Friday the 22nd August 2008 at 19:58


I don't have teens, mine are all still young.
We do a fair amount of shouting/raising our voices to the kids.
The 3 youngest are forever fighting but i think that because they are very close in age means they fight more.

As for myself & my husband, we never shout at each other & never fight Happy


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Posted: Friday the 22nd August 2008 at 20:23


lol


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Sooz
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Posted: Wednesday the 27th August 2008 at 10:22


I just can't imagine being able to shout for 34 minutes - the pitch that I use when I get going can't be sustained for that long!! I just have one little one, so maybe all that joy is to come.

I do find it weird that parents could ever have favourite children though. I certainly never felt that from my parents and can't imagine I'd ever have favourites...again though I guess I'm not there yet so that's easy to say.


Daisy2002
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Posted: Wednesday the 27th August 2008 at 15:01


I can't even moan at my husband without having the fit of giggles.
I just can't argue with him as i laugh too much.... no idea why.

I don't have favourites but i like different things in each of my kids.

I'd never love a pet as much as my own kids Slightly Confused

Yes more than 1 of my kids were unplanned..... nothing wrong with that Biggrin


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billc
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Posted: Friday the 29th August 2008 at 20:41


Its my Missus that does the shouting and tantrum stuff. I just dont answer her which winds her up more.

You should try it its great fun.


bunny7541
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Posted: Friday the 29th August 2008 at 22:24


yea our house is pretty relaxed not much shouting going on there........

But i no some of my friends around 16/17 have massive arguements and throw things at their parents of vice versa Slightly Confused Slightly Confused I just dont see the point Slightly Confused Slightly Confused


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RaychTee
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Posted: Saturday the 30th August 2008 at 01:35


A couple of my friends also, 17, throw things at there mums. i dont understand why tho...its your own mother!!
i couldent do that.
Anyway, about the 34 minutes a day shouting at eachother, i think i done that lengh today with my brothers. my god did they make me shout! haha
There at that irritating age. Laughing


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Daisy2002
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Posted: Sunday the 31st August 2008 at 09:04


I've never thrown anything at my parents & my kids haven't thrown anything at me. I just wouldn't do that to my parents, its wrong.

My kids shout at each other all the time. They fight over everything, well the two aged 4 & 3 do. They argue over where they sit when having their dinner, over toys, over who gets the corner seat on the sofa Slightly Confused

My 7 & 2 year olds don't really get involved in arguements.


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Posted: Sunday the 31st August 2008 at 22:34


my family spends around 3 hours every day arguing, we can't go ANYWHERE without arguing! lol it's quite funny sometimes.

We were in florida and me and my dad had a fight in one of the malls, was pretty embarassing but funny when i look back.

we always embarass each other :/

i dont think thats a good thing... eek!


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