In response, the Play-Doh team is launching Parenting is Messy – a new campaign that celebrates the honest, unspoken truths about parenting, kicking off with the launch of its first ever book, Notes on Messy Parenting

Play-Doh, the much-loved pre-school brand, has today launched its first ever book for Parents, Notes on Messy Parenting, as part of a new campaign which is seeking to celebrate the honest, unspoken truths about parenting.

As a brand that embraces mess and dislikes instructions, its new Parenting is Messy campaign comes in direct response to research that has revealed that 67% of parents feel an overwhelming pressure to be a ‘perfect’ parent, with 41% stating they’d received unsolicited or unrequested parenting advice from others.

65% of parents stated that they feel overwhelmed and bombarded by the amount of advice and ‘parenting ideals’ that are out there, with the sources most attributed as the cause of said pressure including social media (72%), other parents (46%), family members (40%) and even friends who don’t have children (34%).

With 65% agreeing that social media presents a ‘glamourised’ version of parenting vs the warts and all view of being a real-life parent, readers of Notes on Messy Parenting – which is available to view and download free, from today – may welcome the open, honest, and often hilarious anecdotes from its thirteen contributors.

The list of contributors offering tales of parenting fails, worries, and messy mishaps includes, but is not limited to: TV personality and presenter, Ferne McCann; Steps singer, Ian ‘H Watkins; presenter and podcast host, Vogue Williams; TV presenter and Paralympian medallist, Ade Adepitan; and journalist, author and popular blogger, Anna Whitehouse.

As part of its wider Parenting is Messy campaign, the brand will also be hosting the House of Messy Parenting – a one-off, free event in London – on Saturday 1st October. Promising a guilt free zone to embrace messy parenting, the event will provide a chance for parents to come along, share and smile at the daily dramas and inevitable ball drops, all whilst the kids get creative with some Play-Doh messy play. All attendees will walk away with a physical copy of Notes on Messy Parenting, as well as Play-Doh products for the kids.

The brand is also encouraging parents across the UK to submit their own messy parenting stories and hang-ups online, in exchange for prizes for both kids and adults. This can be done via the campaign website – where parents can see their guilt virtually shred away – or by using the #PlayDohMessyParenting hashtag across social media.

Of the campaign, Nicola Fox-Haggarty, Commercial Director @ Hasbro UK and Ireland, said: ‘As a brand that embraces mess and imagination without instructions, Parenting is Messy is all about celebrating the less polished moments in people’s lives as parents. Our Play-Doh products aim to fuel the kind of creative thinking that can help us all inspire a better future and encouraging learning, creating, and imagining freely without judgment is at the heart of this campaign.

She continued: “Whether you’re laughing at one of the stories in Notes on Messy Parenting, sharing your own messy mishap via the campaign hashtag, or physically shredding your parenting guilt at our House of Messy Parenting, we hope to provide a small, light-hearted way in which parents and caregivers can hopefully get rid of some of that pressure that is worryingly higher than ever before across the UK.”

Notes on Messy Parenting is available to read and download, free, at from Thursday 22nd September.

To book your free tickets to House of Messy Parenting, the Play-Doh event, head to


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