63% of mums look forward to start of term

More than one in six mums breathe a sigh of relief when their children go back to school.

63% of mums look forward to start of term

The revelation that 63% of mums look forward to leaving their children at the school gate comes as no surprise to online parenting website MummyPages.ie.

Laura Haugh of MummyPages.ie said that after an exhausting summer, both mum and her purse needed a break.

The majority of mothers surveyed (91%) looked forward to getting back into a routine, and more than a third (34%) said they would be glad to have some free time for themselves. More than one in four (43%) found it exhausting trying to entertain children during the summer holidays.

And one in four said they got a chance to organise and clean the house when their children went back to school.

While most parents (91%) said they were happy with their child’s academic progress in primary school, a similar number wanted the curriculum to be expanded to deal with social issues.

Eight out of 10 mums (81%) wanted the marriage referendum to be part of social, personal, and health education, while 91% wanted gender and social equality to be part of the SPHE curriculum.

Almost half of the parents (48%) believe that school should be responsible for teaching children basic life skills and 79% want schools to address the overt early sexualisation of children.

More than a third of mums (36%) think the school days should be extended from 9am to 5pm to allow children do homework, take part in after-school activities, and spend time learning other skills.

And with childhood obesity now a major concern, 91% of parents want schools to devote more time to physical education.

Mental health education also featured highly in the survey, with 91% of mums wanting mental health education to be provided in primary and secondary schools.

Almost three quarters of the parents (74%) felt social media increased the stress felt by children and teenagers. Most parents (95%) believed the SPHE curriculum should include teaching children mindfulness techniques.

Eight out of 10 parents worry that their child will be bullied at school and over a third (34%) are concerned that their child may suffer from anxiety.

Ms Haugh said MummyPages.ie wanted mental health education to be taught in schools and for medical professionals to be readily available to all students.

The survey also found 15% of schools have introduced e-readers or iPads in place of traditional books.

However, feedback on the introduction of technology into the classroom was quite mixed. More than half of mums (55%) are quite happy with the introduction of tablets and e-readers but many are concerned about their child’s well-being.

“Their chief concerns are that it will hinder their child’s ability to learn from traditional methods, ultimately affecting their ability to read, write and communicate with others,” said Ms Haugh.

“These concerns can be easily addressed by parents and teachers setting down some ground rules on digital technology usage both at home and at school.”

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