More than a third of prospective mothers and fathers in the UK "don't know how to be a good parent" with three in every four under 35s saying they would like to attend "basic parenting classes" according to a new Metro Harris poll.

The survey conducted alongside Jubilee Parenting showed 16-24 year olds in particular were concerned about their parenting skillls especially in terms of handling anger and peer pressure.

Over 75 per cent said they would struggle to cope if their children became aggressive while a similar amount wanted support in helping youngsters avoid being swayed by playground pressure.

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard told Metro that the findings echoed many of the views of her website's users, saying: "People are really crying out for support.

"Parenting is the hardest job in the world yet nobody gives us any indication of how to do it."

While there are 'positive parenting' classes running in many areas of the UK, the survey suggests there remains a need for more government support particularly on 'soft skills' such as creating a harmonious household and talking about sensitive subjects such as sex and alcohol.

Posted 16/03/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com