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Parents Worry

September 22, 2018

Maybe it’s that they’ve just gotten their driver’s license, or have a cough that won’t go away. Children always have a way of worrying their parents.

In fact, a new survey shows that parents spend an average of 37 hours a week worrying about their kids. That’s about bout five hours, 18 minutes per day.

The poll, commissioned by Lice Clinics of America -- yes, that’s a thing -- asked 2,000 parents what worries them the most.

Ninety-five percent of the parents polled say their kids’ health is their top concern but school projects, and social media, also keep them awake at night.

Six parents in 10 say they’ve lost sleep worrying about their kids, with the safety of their offspring the top concern. Others worry if their kids are happy. Wondering if their kids are the victims of bullying was rated the third most common parental worries.

Of course, because this was sponsored by the Lice Clinics of America, the bloodsuckers make an appearance on the list: 27% of parents say they worry about their kid coming home with a head full of the critters.

Lice infestation was ranked third on the list of “Top Parenting Nightmares” on the survey -- below the 41% who worry their kid will come home with a broken limb, or the 40% concerned they’ll come home from school with a broken heart. Rounding out the top five Parenting Nightmares are your child contracting chicken pox, 33%; coming home with a broken or sprained finger, 31%; or coming home with strep throat, at 29%.

All told, 54% of parents admitted having kids is harder than they thought it would be.

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