As many as 21% of parents have forgotten how to play with their children, according to a poll today.
And 30% of mothers and fathers think playing with their offspring is boring, the survey commissioned by Disneyland Paris found.
This sense of ennui is actually picked up by 16% of youngsters, while 55% of children want more quality fun time with their parents.
The survey was based on responses from 2,000 UK parents and 2,000 children aged five to 15.
Half of parents blame work and chores for not spending enough time with their children, the study found.
Also, 32% of parents cite sibling rivalry as their biggest problem when they try to play with their children.
The poll also showed that 30% of parents choose to play computer games with their children but 89% of youngsters would rather play with the games on their own.
Girls get more upset than boys that squabbling can spoil playtime with parents, the survey showed.