A third of par­ents are wor­ried their fam­i­lies will find it hard to ‘re­turn to nor­mal’

Bristol Post - - FAMILY MATTERS -

MORE than half of par­ents (55%) are wor­ried they’ll ex­pe­ri­ence ‘sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety’ when they re­turn to work­places and chil­dren go back to schools and nurs­eries.

Re­search among 2,000 mums and dads of chil­dren aged up to 16, found a third also fear their fam­i­lies will strug­gle to ‘re­turn to nor­mal’ af­ter spend­ing so much time to­gether re­cently.

Nearly four in 10 par­ents are ner­vous about their chil­dren re­turn­ing to school or nurs­ery, while a third think they have be­come more pro­tec­tive as a par­ent.

And one in four ad­mit­ted to feel­ing a need to ‘wrap their chil­dren in cot­ton wool’ as they re­turn to their old rou­tines.

The study, com­mis­sioned by self-care com­pany Per­rigo UK and Ire­land, also found four in 10 par­ents have found com­fort in be­ing able to pro­tect their fam­ily’s health while at home. As a re­sult, 60% think it’s a good idea to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions as they re­turn to ‘nor­mal’.

Laure de Brauer, a spokes­woman from Per­rigo UK and Ire­land said: “We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced a height­ened aware­ness of our fam­i­lies’ health in re­cent months.

“It will be a learn­ing curve for us all to feel com­fort­able again, but many par­ents are find­ing peace of mind in tak­ing ex­tra pre­cau­tions to keep their fam­i­lies healthy.

“We be­lieve self-care is vi­tally im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly in these un­cer­tain times, so it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see con­sumers feel­ing em­pow­ered to take their well­be­ing into their own hands as much as pos­si­ble.”

The study also re­vealed nearly half of par­ents worry their kids will fall un­well when re­turn­ing to school or nurs­ery, with 14%

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