14/11/2014 07:05 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Parentdish Survey: Over A Quarter Of Parents Have No Support Network

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Over a quarter (26 of mums and 60) of children saying they didn't think they saw their dad enough and 38 of the parents said that being a working parent is no longer a lifestyle choice, but instead a financial necessity.

They may have little choice about the need to work, but that doesn't diminish the feelings of parental guilt: just under half (49 of parents saying that disappointing colleagues or their boss made them feel guilty. Only 15 chose under performing at work.

Nearly three-quarters (64 of women and 71) admitting they have felt jealous of their partner for spending more time with the family.

Tamsin Kelly, editor of, said: "This survey does show just how hard it can be for parents to strike a balance between the need to support their families financially and still enjoy time together as a family.

"It is very sad that so few parents feel they had a local support network of trusted friends or family available to help when a child is ill."

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