It’s official! Mischief is good for you

The future of parenting is fun

Times have changed. Today we can send messages in a flash, while cavemen probably had to attach their messages to a pterodactyl. Parenting’s changed too. That’s why we wanted to jump in our time machine and find out whether it’s better to be a prankster parent or a serious sort. Take a look below.

We asked 2,000 parents (phew, that’s a lot!) what they thought about parenting and some of the replies nearly made us faint!

In the past, it was all about discipline. Over half of the parents with children now in their thirties said they expected their children to always be on their best behaviour. A quarter even said treating children as friends is “lazy”. Imagine never being able to prank! Doing chores and being sent to your room? No thank you.

But sometimes the old ways are just that. Old. Mischief is where it’s at today. Pranks, games, jokes – it’s all about a bit of silliness. 87% of parents today said having fun with the children is good for their mental health. 46% even made time in the day for a bit of mischief!

Growing up, it’s better to make mistakes and learn from them too. That’s why 48% of parents today give their child independence to learn, as opposed to parents 30 years ago, who used grounding as punishment for any bad behaviour (38%). We know which we’d rather have!

So what does this all mean? That’s right! Mischief is good for you! Letting kids learn, have fun and look after their mental health. Why not check out some of our ace prank challenges and try it out for yourself!

“It’s really great to see that parents are having fun and staying in the moment with their kids. Playful parenting is good for the whole family as it relieves tension, anxiety and stress and creates great memories.”

“Being a playful, positive parent is important as they are making memories that last a lifetime. A relaxed, confident, and connected parent helps children feel nurtured, supported and understood – which is good for their wellbeing and mental health.”

– TV parenting expert, Sue Atkins