Parenting Battles – Most Common Child Fights and Outcomes!

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No doubt every parent-child relationship has its ups and downs. Whether you’re fighting about cleanliness, bedtime, or privileges, there’s always an issue to work through! We at Sleepopolis decided to ask – what are the most common parenting battles, and what are the outcomes? Scroll down to see the results! Or jump to see our survey methodology.
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Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted online by OnePoll from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11, 2018. The panel consisted of 2,000 American parents with children aged 2-18 who have had an argument with their child. Respondents were 35.6 percent male and 64.4 percent female, with the majority (95 percent) aged 25-54. Children were identified by five age brackets: 2-5 (27.3 percent), 6-9 (44.4 percent), 10-12 (38.7 percent), 13-15 (36.3 percent) and 16-18 (23.4 percent). The survey was 23 questions long, with a mix of free text and multiple choice.


Our parent battle survey results are as follows!

  • Parents report having an average of 5 disputes per week
    • The average dispute lasts 14 minutes
    • Parents estimate they win 63% of fights
  • Top reasons for disputes with children are:
    • Household chores (69%)
    • Messy bedrooms (64%)
    • Not cleaning up shared space (63%)
    • Homework (63%)
    • Bedtime (62%)
  • The majority of arguments occur in the night or evening
  • 78% of parents have a bedtime routine in place for their kids


Logan Block

Logan is the former content director of Sleepopolis. As content director, he reviewed new mattresses every week and curated the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. Logan perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole.