The days of families sitting down to enjoy the same meal are coming to end, a survey conducted by Bosch has suggested, with over a quarter (28 per cent) of parents expected to produce numerous meal options each evening
The research found accommodating every family member's needs ended up costing households £27 a week - and that's on top of the normal weekly shop. This works out as an extra £1,404 per family each year.
It's perhaps not surprising that it's children who make dinner the biggest struggle, primarily due to their refusal to eat certain foods. In fact, over half (55 per cent) have said their kids are fussier than they were at the same age.
As many as 45 per cent of the nation's children refuse to eat mushrooms, with 29 per cent leaving onions, 25 per cent not eating tomatoes, and up to 23 per cent refusing green vegetables.
The research also found that a quarter of households include someone who suffers from an allergy or food intolerance, with the most common being dairy (40 per cent of the allergies), followed by gluten (24 per cent) and nut (23 per cent).
On top of this, there has been a rise in the amount of people who turn away from meat, with one in five households now including a vegetarian or vegan.
Unsurprisingly, these competing options and choices end up causing conflict in the home, with one in six family meals ending in an argument.
The parents who were polled in the survey said they would spend 2.5 hours in the kitchen every week trying to make food to suits everyone. It is perhaps not surprising that 80 per cent wish everyone would eat the same thing.
Even eating out does not offer an escape, with 26 per cent wishing they had brought some of their own food along to deal with the inevitable issues that arise.
However, it's not all doom and gloom - 30 per cent of families say eating together is a wonderful experience and a great way to enjoy each other's company.
It also seems certain meals can unite a household, with 90 per cent of 1,000 polled participants saying they had at least one dish which proved a hit with the family. This was typically a Sunday roast, which was a hit with 54 per cent, followed by Spaghetti Bolognese (52 per cent), and burgers and chips (44 per cent).
Rosalinda Pisani, Group Marketing Manager at Bosch Home Appliances, said: "It’s quite staggering the range of household dietary requirements these days; it has become an everyday part of modern life, costing home cooks an extra £1,422 every year, that brands are now having to seriously consider and cater to."