Period parties and other top parenting trends of the next decade

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Which parenting trend will you adopt in the 2020s?

From scheduling time with your kids each day to throwing a party for your daughter to mark her entry into womanhood, these are the top parenting trends of 2020, as voted by parents.

UK parenting website Channel Mum conducted a study of 2000 parents before compiling what it says are the top parenting trends of 2020.

Everyday Take 20

Channel Mum found scheduling time each day to connect with your children will be one of the top trends of the new year.

Setting aside 20 minutes every day to simply sit with your children and listen to them tops the list.

Everyday Take 20 is described by Channel Mum as a fitting trend for 2020.

"This mindful antidote to a busy world lets children know their feelings are important and validated, and brings families closer together," it says.

Period Parties

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Eager to destigmatise the journey into womanhood, parents in the UK told the study they were holding period parties for their daughters to mark the start of menstruation.

Period Parties started in the US but it seems parents in the UK are keen to adopt the practice as well and time will tell if the trend takes off here in Australia, where it has been slowly gathering strength.

Channel Mum reports British parents are going all out when throwing period parties, complete with red-themed food and drink. Backers say it's a new "coming of age" celebration which helps put periods in a positive light.

Plastic Free Parenting 

Call it the "Greta Thunberg effect" if you like, but families are discussing the environment like never before and the result is a new push away from plastics.

Plastic Free Parenting is predicted to be the number one parenting trend in 2020 after the study found a massive 93 per cent of families were trying to use less plastic.

Channel Mum predicts children will lead the push to remove all plastic from the home and while it can be difficult and expensive, brands are beginning to respond.

Co-working Nurseries

With official figures showing eight in 10 mums in the UK work and 58 per cent of the newly self-employed are female, there is a growing need for places where women can

According to Channel Mum, co-working spaces like Cuckooz Nest and Mama Works are responding to demand by providing offices where mums can meet, network and share childcare in a very modern "mum village".

Family Gaming

According to the old saying, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and it seems parents are keen to try anything to reconnect to children they feel they have lost to the phenomena of gaming.

Channel Mum says UK teens spend an average 12 hours a week gaming, while those aged eight to 10 years spend 10 hours a week gaming.

So what to do to bring the family back together?

"The old tradition of sitting down to watch TV together is increasingly being replaced by a multi- player, bonding family-gaming session," says Channel Mum.