CHILDREN play for an average of 3.3 minutes in paddling pools that their parents spent all morning filling up, it has emerged.
Parents who spent hours filling pools then going back and forth with kettles of hot water to get it to just the right temperature have been left distraught when their kids barely dip their toes in.
Tom Logan said: “It took me all morning to set the bloody thing up. I’ve had to pump it up, then stand there holding a hosepipe in the blazing hot sun.
“Then I topped it up with kettles and pans of hot water to make it just the right temperature, but I thought it would be worth it to see my angels’ smiling, happy faces when they jumped in.
“The first thing my son said was ‘It’s too cold!’. It’s not a bloody bath, pal. Then my daughter took issue with a dead wasp and that was that. They were back inside playing on their Nintendo Switches.
“I know when they will want to play in it though. The moment I f**king empty it or when it starts pissing it down with rain.
“We didn’t want to waste all that effort, so my wife and I are in it. We’re sitting among the grass and dead flies drinking wine, like it’s a poor man’s hot tub.
“It is bloody freezing though.”