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Kids Cause Major Damage At Home

Damaged walls: One reason Mom and Dad can't afford contemporary baby clothes

Damaged walls: One reason Mom and Dad can't afford contemporary baby clothes

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 17:20 GMT

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – What may seem like mere child’s play is costing parents major bucks on home repairs.

According to a study by esure home insurance, British parents will shell out a whopping 1.8 billion pounds this year to repair damage caused by their kids.

That breaks down to about $157 spent each year by families to clean up messes like spilled drinks on carpets.

Common mishaps include children shoving foreign objects into DVD players, plastering the walls with stickers, and breaking beds by using them as trampolines.

In fact, 12 percent of parents have had to buy a new bed while 20 percent have had to wallpaper an entire room to cover up a child’s permanent “artwork.”

Then there’s the broken dishware, blocked toilets, and smashed televisions at the hands of kids which also leave parents with pricey repairs.

Boys seem to cause the most damage, with 60 percent of parents claiming their sons wreak havoc at home.