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The Independent reports: Parents, breathe a sigh of relief, put up your feet, uncork the wine: your children are happy.

Nine out of 10, according to an official report yesterday, are experiencing a degree of personal satisfaction that may not be apparent from their grousing about their cheekbones, puzzlement at algebra and entreaties to divert more of your income into the profits of Nike Inc.

The pleasingly upbeat news comes from the Office of National Statistics, which has summarised the responses from “children to youth” questionnaires – attached to household surveys since 2009.

Measuring National Well-being – Children’s Well-being 2013 finds that, overwhelmingly, children of secondary school age are not festering balls of hormonal anger like Harry Enfield’s Kevin the Teenager, but spiritually serene individuals at one with their families and friends.

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