House Proud Britain: Mums and Dads Spend 24 Hours a Week on Household Management

Busy small business owners may like to know that parents spend an average of almost a day a week on household management, with a total of 23 hours and 45 minutes spent each on jobs including washing, cooking and childcare duties.

New research from Allianz Your Cover insurance found the top five time intensive chores those parents polled do each week are:

  1. Babysitting/childcare (3 hours 53 minutes)
  2. Cooking (3 hours 36 minutes)
  3. Cleaning (2 hours 49 minutes)
  4. Shopping (2 hours 27 minutes)
  5. Ironing/washing (2 hours 19 minutes)

Additional other time-consuming activities include DIY, taking out the recycling and gardening. If parents were to pay staff to carry out their chores it would cost £231 a week. However Mums and Dads are only valuing their weekly worth at £143 a week underestimating their weekly contribution by £88. Despite being a nation of hardworking parents, a quarter (25%) admit feel they do not feel appreciated by their children.

Andy James of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said: “Many parents will be surprised how much time they are spending on managing their homes and what this is worth financially. For those also working, this means very little ‘down time’ is spent relaxing as they spend four hours a day managing their home and family life. Our research found if parents were given the opportunity to pass their least favourite chore onto someone else, a quarter (28%) of Mums and Dads would spend this extra time relaxing.

“To help busy families realise their true value we have created a Smartphone app which calculates how much certain chores are worth and which family member makes the biggest household contribution. Families will be able to solve the eternal question ‘who does the most around the house’ and see who most deserves a relaxing sit-down!”

Overworked and underappreciated?

The research shows that both men and women agree that women make the most valuable contribution to the smooth running of the home. Despite this, only 25% of women feel that their contribution is completely appreciated by their partner whereas a third (35%) of men feel that their partner completely appreciates their role at home.

Three quarters (72%) of women think their household contribution is worth more than their partner’s, and value this contribution at £166. Only 41% of men think their contribution is worth the most financially valuing this at £120, significantly less than women.

Chilled out children

Both Mums and Dads agree that their children’s contribution is worth only 5% to the upkeep of the house. Youngest children have been recognised as the most hardworking with a third (31%) of parents revealing they think their youngest’s input is worth the most financially compared to just a fifth (22%) who voted for the middle or oldest child.

Parents confirmed that elder teenagers aged between 15 and 18 years-old were the least appreciative of their children as 32% of parents said this age group do not make them feel at all appreciated.

Andy James continues: “Our poll found that ironing, washing and cleaning are the most disliked chores which Brits would happily pass onto someone else. We urge busy parents to hand over their dusters and get their children involved in some household jobs. We also found that nearly half (45%) of Mums and Dads have caused damage whilst carrying out chores.  We recommend that parents check their accidental cover on their home insurance policies as less than four in ten of our customers have opted for accidental damage cover which would ensure they are protected.”

Allianz Your Cover Insurance, Allianz UK’s flexible insurance offering enables home insurance policy holders to purchase different levels of accidental damage cover on both contents and buildings policies to ensure homeowners get the cover they need.

To find out the true value of the chores you do download Allianz Your Cover’s household economy Smartphone App Chores Worth.

To find more out about Allianz Your Cover Insurance visit http://www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @YourCoverUK or join us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/YourCoverUK

About Your Cover

Your Cover is a new breed of insurance product, offering cover that customers select to precisely match their own lifestyle and circumstances. Using an easy to use ‘Quote and Buy’ website, Your Cover makes it simple to design, obtain a quote and manage your insurance online.

The result of two years’ research involving thousands of insurance buyers, Your Cover is a product from Allianz Insurance plc, which is a part of the global Allianz Group.

About Allianz

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide. Reassuringly in these uncertain financial times, in July 2011 the Standard and Poor’s rating for Allianz Insurance was reaffirmed as AA-with a stable outlook and the rating of Allianz SE was also reaffirmed as AA with a stable outlook.

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GIive women a sporting chance!

Female athletes swept the medal board at the Olympics, but four out of five women in Britain apparently do hardly any exercise.

You can hardly avoid the sleek, toned and every inch an Olympic gold medallist, cyclist Rebecca Romero posing nude on her bike. After all, the 28-year-old’s naked image has been plastered across billboards to advertise sports drink Powerade.

There is a very good reason she has done so. The London-based Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) are keeping their fingers crossed that Romero will inspire a new generation of sportswomen.

Facing the daunting statistic that only one in five women take regular exercise, the UK charity devoted to getting more women into sport admits it’s got a problem.
According to the foundation, girls and boys start out with equal levels of activity, but by the time girls reach the age of 16, they are half as active as young men.

“Girls as young as seven stop playing sports because they don’t want to seem ‘unfeminine’,” says WSFF chief executive Sue Tibballs. “But with images of women like Rebecca looking strong, successful and sexy, they might change their minds.”

But Tibballs says this kind of attention is all too rare.

“At a time when female obesity levels are soaring, rates of activity are on the wane and women are struggling with their body image, Tibballs says that sport could be the answer.

“We are significantly less active than other countries like Australia and the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. What’s great about the Olympics is watching women use their bodies in a strong and confident way. Predominantly the women who are famous in our culture are slim or skinny – the size zero generation. What kind of role model is that?

“It’s all about creating that cultural shift where girls grow up to think that doing sport, being fit and healthy is a really aspirational and a good thing.”

I have to say I agree. You can check the full story out on our sports page … Have fun, rock on, stay fit, friends!

Silent killer

It was scary to learn the other day that high blood pressure may account for more than 13 percent of premature deaths around the world.

An article in the The Lancet medical journal wrote that researchers found that in 2001, the latest year for which complete global data were available, around 8 million early deaths could be attributed to high blood pressure.

Hypertension was also claimed to be responsible for 54 percent of strokes and 47 percent of heart disease worldwide.

I have always thought high blood pressure was principally a problem in high income western countries. But the latest findings show that 80 percent of deaths linked to high blood pressure now occur in the developing world, with half of the fatalities among people of working age.

According to The Lancet article writers little substantive or sustained effort has been made to address an issue that has probably killed over 50 million people in the past decade, disabled many more, and taken billions of dollars from already fragile economies.

However, there is hope on the horizon. Both the WHO and World Bank have now highlighted the importance of chronic disease as an obstacle to economic development. They recommend action to control the huge epidemics of cardiovascular diseases already affecting Asia and South America and threatening other regions, including Africa.

The Lancet writers noted global expenditure on antihypertensive treatment is around €50 billion each year, more than 90 percent of which is spent in high-income countries, where the main debate about access concerns the provision of care to very-low-risk individuals. Middle-income and low-income regions have a five times greater burden of disease than do high-income regions, with access to less than 10 percent of the global treatment resource.

Keep on rocking, Dave

Is a nap good for you?

Bad news seems to be floating around right now, and it’s not just about credit crunches.

Some new research has shown that taking a nap during the day may ‘increase the risk of a stroke’.

The southern Europeans have long dealt with mid-day heat by taking a siesta, but researchers at Columbia University, New York, say their research indicates people who fall asleep inadvertently during the day could be at higher risk of suffering a stroke.

Involving just over 2,000 men and women aged 40 or over and with no history of a stroke, the study looked at how often people dozed off during such activities as watching television, reading a newspaper or talking to friends.

Those who engaged in ‘some dozing (44 percent of those questioned) were 2.6 times more likely to have a stroke compared to those who did not nod off.

The nine percent who said they were prone to significant inadvertent dozing were 4.5 times more likely to have suffered a stroke, according to the survey.

But for folks who need to have a daily snooze dose, there is some good news out there. Another study by a Dr Olaf Lahl from Germany’s Dusseldorf University seems to indicate that napping for 10 minutes at a time may reduce drowsiness  by refreshing the brain. He asked students to play a game of solitaire for an hour and then recall a list of words. Those who took a 5-minute nap before starting the experiment recalled far more words than those who stayed awake.

So there you are, more confusing research from the wonderful world of science to ponder on.

Frankly, I don’t know how you feel about this kind of research, but I personally find it all a bit tiring – it’s enough to make you want to doz… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Hope this all helps, folks. Live long, live well.

Thumbs up for defensive aging

Staying forever young is not just a state of mind for a growing number of people who have celebrated turning fifty years. It is also very much about signing up for the surgeon’s knife in the relentless hunt for a beautiful body – by both women and a growing number of men.

New figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveal a 12.2 percent increase in surgical procedures last year compared to 2006, with 32,453 women and men opting for cosmetic surgery. While facelifts for women rose 37 percent last year, more men than ever before were trying tummy tucks to reduce waistlines and breast reductions to get rid of ‘man boobs’.

The top five surgical procedures for men in 2007 were: rhinoplasty (716), liposuction (582), eyelid surgery (558), ear correction (418), and face/neck lift (230 – rise of 21%).
The top five surgical procedures for women in 2006 were: breast augmentation (6,487), eyelid surgery (5,148 – up 13% on last year), face/neck lift (4,238, an impressive rise of 37%), liposuction (3,990 – up 15%), and breast reduction (3,178).

With anti-aging surgery on eyelids and brows growing in popularity for both women and men, the aesthetic trend is pretty clear. According to experts, Britons will be spending almost one billion pounds this year on cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers.

According to Nigel Mercer, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President-Elect: “When considering aesthetic surgery it is essential to be selective in choosing the right surgeon as the results of good surgery may be long lasting, but no procedure is without some risk. When performed under the right circumstances, aesthetic surgery can have a very positive psychological impact and improve quality of life.”

Rock on, folks, we only live once, after all.  Live long, live well, laugh a lot.

‘Prolonging life’ – with alcohol and exercise

I am getting to like the Danes a lot, especially their medical researchers.

A few weeks ago, a Danish study found that as we get older we grow smarter, now another research team has apparently discovered that alcohol can ‘prolong life’ – when drunk in moderation and in combination with moderate exercise.

The bad news (isn’t there always?) is that people who neither drink nor exercise have a 30 to 49 percent high risk of suffering heart disease than those doing one or both.

The study – published in the European Heart Journal in January – supports other research studies indicating light to moderate drinking (that’s around a regular two drinks a day) is associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

However, the Danish research also underscored the added benefit from both exercising and drinking.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, the Danish researchers spent 20 years looking at information on the drinking and exercise habits of almost 12,000 men and women aged over 20.  People consuming less than one drink per week were classified as ‘non-drinkers’, while ‘moderate’ drinkers imbibed between 1 and 14 drinks per week. The ‘heavy’ drinkers putting away 15 or more drinks a week fared as badly as the non-drinkers.

Lead author Jane Østergaard Pedersen concluded: “Both moderate to high levels of physical activity and a moderate alcohol intake are important for lowering the risk of heart disease deaths.”

After all the bad press drinking alcohol has been getting, it’s reassuring to learn that a little may go a long way when mixed some moderate exercise to help us live longer, healthier and happier.

It all sounds like the perfect lifestyle cocktail.

Live long, live well, Wanobians.