Top Parenting Mistakes Revealed

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Top Parenting Mistakes Revealed

Would you believe that 20% of parents have forgotten their child’s birthday? The number is as high as 36% in other Southeast Asian countries. Right here in the Philippines, we have 1 in 2 parents admitting that they have fallen asleep while reading their kids a bedtime story. Has this happened to you? These are a few of the surprising findings uncovered by a recent global survey on parenting mistakes, conducted by Paracetamol (Calpol®).

Becoming a parent is a journey of trial and error, also known as the world’s most widely played game of improvisation. No amount of reading or preparation is going to save a first-time parent from a child left to their own devices. That’s often when the most amusing, albeit messy, mishaps happen. In fact, more than half of parents believe that they can’t take their eyes off their children, otherwise chaos would reign.

Getting a child ready for school is when most mistakes happen; 93% of parents have had some form of mishap, from oversleeping and making their kids late for school (38%), to forgetting to give them something to eat at recess (31% have forgotten)! We do hope you haven’t forgotten to pack your child’s baon, but if you have, do not fret as you’re definitely not alone!

When it comes to medicating their sick child, 55% of parents are confident about treating their child’s pain, but nearly 1 in 2 parents in some countries find it stressful to know how much medicine to give. This is hardly surprising as the number one parenting concern is when their child is sick. Compared to fathers, mothers are often more concerned in such situations.

One handy tip is to always consult a dosage calculator with your child’s latest weight in hand when giving medication. Because children come in all shapes and sizes, it’s not very accurate to dose them based on their age alone. Using their weight in the calculation makes it possible for medicine to work more effectively. A dosage calculator takes the guesswork away, making it one less thing to worry about.

Share your fun photos on Instagram and tag it with hash tag #CalpolMakeNoMistake to make other moms feel that they are not alone in their parenting boo-boos! Get fun, get creative but remember—when it comes to pain and fever, make no mistake—Paracetamol (Calpol®) is there for you.