What do Kim Kardashian, Strictly Come Dancing and East Enders have in common? They’re among the top 50 things which make Newcastle dads grumpy, according to a new survey.
Lights left on in empty rooms, heating on too high, dance music and being treated like a taxi service also featured on the chart of cantankerousness commissioned by Merlin Annual Pass.
One in ten dads in Newcastle admit they are ALWAYS cranky while another 74 per cent reckon they are becoming more so as they get older.
And it’s not the privilege of old men. According to the survey, dads are at their grumpiest at the age of 40.
The survey of fathers in Newcastle also found that people leaving the lights on is most likely to make them grumble, followed by bad manners, heavy traffic, cold callers in the evening and bad drivers.
The front or back door being left open, their football team losing, the kids arguing, work interrupting family time and reality TV shows completed the top ten.
The average dad admitting to around eight grumbles a week – more than once a day.
Luckily for families though, 65 per cent reckon they are at their grumpiest during the week, coming out of their mood in time for the weekend.
More than half of dads also believe a good night’s sleep is often all it takes to bring an end to their grumpiness with another 44 per cent saying a nice gesture from their partner also helps.
And, surprise surprise, if you want to catch dad at his least grumpy, on holiday is the best time, followed by weekends and evenings.
Pollyanna Haigh from Merlin Annual Pass said “From our experience, Dads will openly admit they have a reputation for being the grumpy ones of the family, and we wanted to see if this really was the case; and the survey suggests it is! “As we all know, everyone has grumbles from time to time – perhaps dads are just not as good at hiding their moans as others.
“We commissioned this research after hearing from our attraction guests that their families behave so differently when on a family day out – they are carefree and relaxed, no sight of grumpiness!”
So how does your dad measure up? Here are the top 50 things that make dads grumpy.
- People leaving the lights on
- General bad manners
- Bad traffic
- Cold callers calling in the evening
- Bad drivers
- The front or back door being left open
- Your favourite football team losing
- The kids arguing
- Not spending time with the family because of work
- Reality TV shows
- The kids not helping with the chores
- Doors being slammed
- All the planning and cost that any family activity involves
- X Factor
- Always being asked for money/treated like an ATM
- People stomping around the house
- The kids spending too much time on the internet
- Having the heating on too high
- Lego/other toys being left lying around for you to stand on
- Strictly Come Dancing
- Dance music
- Being seen as a taxi driver by your children
- Kids playing music too loud
- Geordie Shore
- Not being able to snooze on the sofa
- The kids staying in bed too long
- Always being the one to do the bins and recycling
- The kids not eating their meal but then complaining they are hungry later on
- Drum and Bass music
- Having to do washing up
- The kids not saying please or thank-you
- The cost of petrol
- Kim Kardashian
- Being told to do the hoovering/other household chores
- Having to do all the gardening
- The television being too loud
- The kids watching too much TV
- People popping round to visit unexpectedly
- Putting up Christmas decorations too early
- Pop music
- Having the TV on when eating
- Their partner’s cooking
- Always being the one to take the dog for a walk
- The bathrooms always being occupied when you want to use them
- Coronation Street
- The neighbour’s cat
- Shoes being left by the front/back door
- Always getting socks at Christmas, birthdays and Father’s Day
- None / Nothing
The Merlin Annual Pass sale runs until midnight Monday 15th February 2016. For more information please visit www.merlinannualpass.co.uk.
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