The 50 things that make Doncaster dads grumpy

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What do the stars of The X Factor, the neighbour’s cat, EastEnders and unexpected callers have in common?

No, they’re not guests at the strangest party you’ve ever been to, they’re among the top 50 things which make dads in Doncaster grumpy, according to a new survey.

Lights left on in empty rooms, heating on too high, drum and bass music and being treated like a taxi service also featured on the chart of cantankerousness.

Almost a quarter of dads admit they are ALWAYS cranky while another 76 per cent reckon they are becoming more so as they get older.

And it is not the privilege of old men – as dads are at their most grumpy at the age of 37.

Pollyanna Haigh from Merlin Annual Pass, who commissioned the research, said “From our experience, dads will openly admit they have a reputation for being the grumpy ones of the family, and we wanted to see if this really was the case; and the survey suggests it is!

“As we all know, everyone has grumbles from time to time – perhaps dads are just not as good at hiding their moans as others.

The poll of fathers found bad drivers are most likely to make them grumble, followed by traffic jams, people leaving the lights on, work getting in the way of family time and general bad manners.

Their football team losing, cold callers in the evening, the kids not eating their meals and then complaining they are hungry later on, the kids arguing and the cost and planning involved in a family day trip completed the top ten.

The biggest general reasons for grumpiness are work, while money and household chores and jobs can also cause dads to have a moan.

But these grumbles aren’t a rare occurrence with the average dad admitting to around eight a week – more than once a day.

Luckily for families though, 75 per cent reckon they are at the most grumpy during the working week, coming out of their mood in time for the weekend.

More than half of dads also believe a good night’s sleep is often all it takes to bring an end to their grumpiness with another 39 per cent saying a cold beer or lager helps.

A family day out, a nice gesture from a partner or children and food can also improve their mood.

It also emerged three quarters of dads believe they need to make more effort to be less grumpy, with 77 per cent saying time with their family and fun days out would result in a less grumpy dad.

And if you want to catch dad at his most awesome, on holiday is the best time, followed by the evenings and weekends, and when playing with the children.

Here's the top 50 things that make Doncaster dads grumpy

1. Bad drivers

2. Bad traffic

3. People leaving the lights on

4. Not spending time with the family because of work

5. General bad manners

6. Your favourite football team losing

7. Cold callers calling in the evening

8. The kids not eating their meal but then complaining they are hungry later on

9. The kids arguing

10. All the planning and cost that any family activity involves

11. Always being asked for money/treated like an ATM

12. Having the heating on too high

13. X Factor

14. The kids not saying please or thank-you

15. Not being able to snooze on the sofa

16. Reality TV shows

17. People stomping around the house

18. The kids watching too much TV

19. The kids not helping with the chores

20. Doors being slammed

21. Shoes being left by the front/back door

22. Being told to do the hoovering/other household chores

23. Always being the one to do the bins and recycling

24. Lego/other toys being left lying around for you to stand on

25. Being seen as a taxi driver by your children

26. Having to do washing up

27. Kids playing music too loud

28. Drum and Bass music

29. Geordie Shore

30. EastEnders

31. The front or back door being left open

32. People popping round to visit unexpectedly

33. The kids spending too much time on the internet

34. The television being too loud

35. Putting up Christmas decorations too early

36. The bathrooms always being occupied when you want to use them

37. Having to do all the gardening

38. The cost of petrol

39. Pop music

40. Strictly Come Dancing

41. Kim Kardashian

42. Coronation Street

43. Always getting socks at Christmas, birthdays and Father's Day

44. Dance music

45. None / Nothing

46. Having the TV on when eating

47. The kids staying in bed too long

48. Always being the one to take the dog for a walk

49. Having to babysit

50. The kids recording every episode for The Simpsons/Friends etc and taking up all the space on the Sky+ box