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New Year gift: Don’t smoke

London, Dec. 28 (Reuters): Children of smokers want their parents to stub out their cigarettes as part of New Year resolutions, according to a survey commissioned by the Childline charity.

Giving up smoking was the single most popular pledge children picked for their parents in 2007 among 461 youngsters aged between 11 and 16.

The poll also found almost two-thirds wanted their parents to listen more and 61 per cent wanted to be consulted about decisions which affected their lives. Over half of youngsters said they did not want their parents to shout at them.

“Young people who took part in this poll have been clear that they are eager for their voices to be heard,” Mary Marsh, director of the National Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) — which provides Childline — said.

“In the day to day stress of life, it can be very difficult for parents to take time out to talk and really listen to their children, but it is vital,” she said.

Among other findings revealed by the poll was that 62 per cent wanted to be treated as “grown-up” by their parents. Among boys aged 15 and 16, 70 per cent said they wanted to be given more responsibility.

Older children were also eager to see their parents work fewer hours in the New Year (41 per cent of 15- and 16-year-olds) although even more, 61 per cent, of 11-year-olds wanted mum and dad to spend more time with them.

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