DOING “the voices” while reading bedtime stories, making costumes for school plays rather than buying them, never being late for school pick-up and knowing how to floss are signs you are not just a mum – you’re a “super mum”, according to the nation’s kids.
A nationwide survey of British primary school children has revealed the signs of a modern super mum, with being able to skateboard (six per cent), wearing cool clothes (19 per cent), and watching funny YouTube videos with your kids (29 per cent) also on the list.
And according to five percent of British kids, knowing the offside rule is key to being a great mum, while being able to fix anything around the house (25 per cent), and acting cool in front of their friends (20 per cent) were also important to the nation’s kids.
But top of the list was giving them cuddles when they feel sad, with as many as 67 per cent of the children polled saying this was the key ingredient to the perfect mum.
In fact, the research, by family-owned jewellers, Beaverbrooks, found that many longstanding maternal traits are still valued by the nation’s children, with baking cakes (47 per cent), knowing what to say when they are upset (45 per cent), and doing voices for bedtime stories (31 per cent) ranking highly.
And it seems the way to a child’s heart is still through their stomach, with serving up their favourite food (51 per cent), setting up midnight feasts (19 per cent) and always having snacks in your handbag (30 per cent) also making the cut.
Are you a 'super mum'?
Signs you’re not just a mum, you’re a “super mum”, according to the nation’s kids:
- Always giving me cuddles – 67%
- Making me laugh – 62%
- Making me feel safe – 61%
- Spending lots of time with me – 61%
- Always making my favourite food – 51%
- Baking cakes and biscuits – 47%
- Knowing what to say when I’m upset – 45%
- Never being late to pick me up from school – 41%
- Letting me cook with her – 40%
- Always looking pretty – 33%
- Smelling nice – 31%
- Doing “the voices” when reading bedtime stories – 31%
- Always having snacks in her handbag – 30%
- Showing me funny videos on YouTube – 29%
- Playing computer games with me – 28%
- Knowing all my friends’ names – 26%
- Making pancakes for breakfast at weekends – 26%
- Being able to fix anything around the house – 25%
- Knowing all the words to my favourite song – 22%
- Combing my hair gently – 22%
- Being cool in front of my friends – 20%
- Wearing cool clothes -19%
- Letting me have midnight feasts – 19%
- Being good at dancing – 18%
- Knowing how to floss – 18%
- Playing football with me – 18%
- Making costumes for school plays – 17%
- Being able to run really fast – 16%
- Doing makeovers with me – 16%
- Having a cool car – 14%
- Being able to skateboard – 6%
- Understanding the off-side rule – 5%
The study of 1,000 primary school kids found that 62 per cent of kids say their mum making them laugh is important, and 61 per cent love spending lots of time with her. Other Super Mum traits include with never picking them up late from school (41 per cent), being good at dancing (18 percent), and smelling really nice (31 per cent).
The research also revealed a list of the most embarrassing things mums can do according to their kids, with kissing your children in front of their friends emerging as the most cringe-worthy thing you can do, according to 25 per cent of children, while 23 per cent roll their eyes at their mum’s terrible singing.
More than a fifth (21 per cent) loathe getting their face wiped in front of people and 22 per cent are embarrassed when their mum tells them off in public.
According to the survey, 17 per cent hate it when she tries to floss and can’t, and 14 per cent blush because of their mum’s road rage.
And 14 per cent said they can’t stand it when their mum treats them like a baby and the same amount said being asked if they need the loo in front of other people is the height of embarrassment.
Despite causing a lot of humiliation, mums across the country must be doing something right as more than nine out of 10 (94 per cent) believed their mum to be a Super Mum.
In fact, some 77 per cent think their mum is cooler than their dad, 60 per cent think she gives better hugs than him and almost three quarters (73 per cent) would rather mum than dad look after them when they are sick.
The study also explored what kids wish their mums would let them do, with 41 per cent wanting to be allowed to eat more sweets, 35 per cent craving more screen time, while 39 per cent would like a later bedtime.
Another 32 per cent wanted mum to let them stay off school, 29 per cent wished they were allowed to sleep in her bed, and 23 per cent would love her to give them their own mobile phone.
Lorna Haddon of Beaverbrooks, said: “For 100 years we’ve been privileged to play a role in our customers’ most special occasions, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to find out what the younger generation really think of the most important women in their lives.
“It’s great to see what kids really think, with our research revealing 94 per cent of children say they have a Super Mum. That’s why we’ve captured a heart-warming video of the nation’s cutest children saying what they love the most about that special person, and what they think she really wants this Mother’s Day!”
The number one thing children and mums argue about is bedtime, according to the study, with 40 per cent saying it causes the most tension.
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On top of this, 36 per cent of kids say argue when their mum wants them to do something they don’t want to, while 34 per cent disagree over how much screen time they are allowed.
In fact, 60 per cent said mum is the parent who tells them off the most, but despite the clashes, 90 per cent of the nation’s children said they will take the time to make a card for Mother’s Day, while 72 per cent are going to get dad into helping them choose the perfect present.
When asked what they’d give their mum for Mother’s Day if they could choose anything in the world, most kids said a massive box of chocolates (17 per cent), closely followed by a big holiday (15 per cent) and a new house (14 per cent).
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