A THIRD of children have never tried sprouts – but they do eat chocolate for breakfast…
Most adults would agree that a Christmas dinner isn”t a Christmas dinner without a bowl full of sprouts – even if you don”t actually like the vegetable.
However, the tradition is not being passed on to our children. Nearly a third of parents (28 per cent) admit they have never even tried to get their children to try sprouts over the festive period.
A further 29 per cent of parents say they have tried to serve the greens in the past, but don”t any longer because their children don’t like the taste.
Eat your greens: Nearly a third of parents admit they have never even tried to get their children to try sprouts over the festive period
The survey of over a 1,000 mums from the baby and parenting website , gurgle.com found that while 39 per cent of parents will let their children start tucking into treats at breakfast time, the humble sprout has been side-lined.
Parents in the South East most likelyto let their children get away with munching on chocolates and treats treats in the morning.
They are also the mums most likely to steer clear of sprouts.
For it is mothers who make the decisions over Christmas.
An Asda survey has revealed that while cooking duties are pretty evenly spread throughout the year, the majority of men shy away from Christmas Day cooking on December 25th with just one in four saying they help out with the festive feast.
The Asda research revealed that 70 per cent of women can list up to 20 food related tasks they carry out for the big day, from peeling potatoes to basting the turkey, compared to just five tasks listed by the majority of men.
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The favoured task for men is of no surprise, 77 per cent say that carving the turkey is their job of choice, followed by gravy making and setting the table.
The research into what parents let theirchildren get away with over the holiday season has also shown that 73 per cent of mums expect their children to misbehave more with the excitement of this time of year.
ONLY AT CHRISTMAS
Things we let children get away with at Christmas…
Go to bed later than usual 77%Leave toys everywhere 45%Watch TV all day long 18%Eat sweets and chocolates with every meal 18%Leave some of their dinner 15%
Letting children stay up past their bedtime is the rule most commonly broken at Christmas, with 77 per cent of parents letting their little ones get away with later evenings as they wait for Father Christmas.
Nifa McLaughlin, editor of gurgle.com commented: “Christmas is the time of year where mums and dads are most likely to let their little ones break a few rules and get carried away.
“Letting the daily routine fall to one-side is part of the fun of Christmas, so enjoy it, but remember to pick it back up in the New Year!
“The humble sprout is a Christmas classic, much maligned but a favourite for families at Christmas.
“Obviously lots of people don’t like sprouts, but that is why it is essential to include them in your Christmas dinner – surely it’s a tradition to turn your nose up at them and force at least one sprout down!”