04/04/2011 09:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Happy Mums Equal Happy Children

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A new study has found that happy mums equal happy kids, with around three-quarters of children reporting feeling 'happy' at home when their mums are content in their relationships.

And when mum is unhappy, only 55% of children rate their family life as being completely satisfying.

Poor old dads' moods and emotions apparently have no effect though - the researchers found that a father's feelings make little difference to his offspring's happiness!

The study was undertaken as part of the Understanding Society study, and polled young people between 10 and 15 in 40,000 families across the UK. The children were asked how they felt about their home lives.

The results showed that children's relationships with their mums and dads were the most important indicator of happiness, and kids living with two parents (either biological or step-parents) were the most content.

Dr Maria Iacovou, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, said of the study: 'These findings show that family relationships and the happiness of parents are key to the happiness of young people.'

Do you agree?
Do your children react to your moods?
Is happy mum, happy kids the rule of thumb in your home?

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