Three quarters of parents say lockdown has helped them to form a closer bond with their kids, a recent survey reveals.
Over the last few months, mums and dads have had to juggle home schooling with working from home.
So it comes as no surprise that 67% of those polled say the pandemic has put them under more under pressure as parents.
It’s not all bad news though, with 74% of families feeling closer than they were before.
Meanwhile, 67% of parents have experienced at least one of their child’s milestone moments that they would have otherwise missed, including first words, smiles, crawls, laughs, meals and bike rides.
And a sizeable 46% of those polled said they’ve got to see their child’s development in real time.
The research, commissioned by JOHNSON’S Baby, showed how mums and dads have changed for the better.
According to the poll, parents have learned to be more patient (67%), more kind (32%) and more gentle (32%).
That’s not the only silver lining either as 43% feel more confident in the role of teacher since lockdown began.
Lauren Capron, from JOHNSON’S Baby, said: “This research definitely illustrates some of the positives which have come out of being in lockdown.
“Whatever the age of the child, these results will be relatable for all parents.
“Whether you have a baby or toddler and have been lucky enough to be there when they’ve made a development such as rolling over or saying a first word.
“Or whether you’re the parent of a teen who would usually be out and about with mates, rather than sitting down to dinner with you.
“If there is one thing we can take away from this forced time at home, it’s the importance of quality time together, and a bond that will last a lifetime.”
The survey of 1,505 parents shows how mealtimes have become great bonding sessions.
Almost two thirds (65%) have enjoyed lunchtimes together while 50% have taken the time for breakfasts and 42% have sat down together for family evening meals.
British diver Tom Daley is among the 88% of dads who say they’ve spent more time with their child due to lockdown.
The Olympian, who is dad to one-year-old Robbie, said: “Being out of our usual routine can be really daunting and hard to navigate for everyone.
“For me, this is the longest time in my career that I’ve been away from training.
“However, if this situation has taught me anything, it is the importance of family and time together.
“I’ve spent so much more time with Robbie learning about what he likes and doesn’t and bath times have become our thing, I love watching him playing with the bubbles and splashing around.”
The top five silver linings’ and learnings from parent’s lockdown experience:
1. The importance of spending time with my family all together (56%)
2. Having the opportunity to bond more with my child (51%)
3. The importance of slowing down and taking time to appreciate what I’ve got (48%)
4. Seeing my children’s development in real time (46%)
5. To be more gentle/put less pressure on myself as a parent (25%)