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Today dubbed 'Fed Up Friday!'

Bored expressions as a team wait to play Photo: PA

Just two weeks of the school holidays remain. But, according to research, going back to school can't come soon enough for children or parents.

A new study has shown that parents in the UK have already spent an additional £1.5 billion trying to entertain their kids - and now funds are running low.

Today's the day when over 75% of parent have spent all of their summer budget, and will have heard their children complaining of boredom an average of 2.5 times a day.

So, this Friday is being dubbed 'Fed Up Friday'.

The research launched today by also found that many parents are feeling the pressure as the end of the month and the bank holiday draw near, with most having to wait another week until payday.

  • 3 out of 4 parents admitted they are now ready for their kids to return to school
  • 42% of parents are fed up of tidying after their offspring
  • 1 in 3 are still worrying about finding activities for them to do
  • More than a fifth still worrying about the additional expense of the summer holidays

Catherine Prisk, Director of Play England, said:

"Parents can feel pressure to entertain their children, and to spend money on doing this. They often feel they are doing something wrong if their child says they are bored.

"There are plenty of ways children can entertain themselves for little or no cash, and without needing parents hovering over them all the time.

"So save yourself time and money and give children the gift of freedom to use their imagination, to do what they want to do and to make new friends and try out new skills.'