Kids tell par­ents to butt out

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CHIL­DREN of smok­ers want their par­ents to stub out their cig­a­rettes as part of New Year res­o­lu­tions, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey com­mis­sioned by the Child­line char­ity in the UK.

Giv­ing up smok­ing was the sin­gle most pop­u­lar pledge chil­dren picked for their par­ents in 2007 among 461 young­sters aged be­tween 11 and 16.

The poll also found that al­most two thirds wanted their par­ents to lis­ten more and 61 per cent wanted to be con­sulted about de­ci­sions that af­fected their lives.

Over half of young­sters said they did not want their par­ents to shout at them.

‘‘Young peo­ple who took part in this poll have been clear that they are ea­ger for their voices to be heard,’’ Mary Marsh, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional So­ci­ety of the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren, said.

‘‘It can be dif­fi­cult for par­ents to take time out to talk and re­ally lis­ten to their chil­dren, but it is vi­tal.’’

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