17/04/2011 14:20 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Toddler Tantrums Put Parents Off Holidays Abroad

Toddler tantrums A survey of mums and dads has found that the fear of toddlers kicking off into a tantrum prevents one in five families from holidaying abroad.

The new research reveals that 19 per cent shun foreign holidays because travelling with their children puts them off booking, whilst 17 per cent of parents admitted that they had never gone on a foreign family holiday because of the stress and worry of travelling with children.

A whopping 63 per cent of mums and dads 'fessed up that their kids had played up on their last trip, whilst a third - 30 per cent - said their little ones find it hard to sit still for longer than half an hour.

Children becoming ill mid-air was a huge worry for 48 per cent of the parents polled, followed by 46 per cent being worried about their kids disturbing other passengers with their behaviour.

The survey was undertaken by Heathrow airport ahead of the launch of a play area in Terminal Five. Airport spokesman Nick Cullen said that it was designed to get rid of a bit of excess energy, and give parents an easier flight with their youngsters: 'For many parents, travelling with children can be an experience fraught with anxiety – especially during the school holidays.

'This Easter we have created an area where children can enjoy themselves pre-flight and get rid of their energy, and in turn hopefully make the journey a little more manageable for parents.'

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Does your kids behaviour put you off going away?
Or do you think parents are to blame for unruly and rampaging toddlers?

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