One in four parents wont discipline their children for fear of upsetting them, a study revealed today. Researchers found that both mothers and fathers shy away from telling off their children because they dont want to be seen as unfair or too strict. A third of parents admitted avoiding keeping their child in check in public because they didnt want others to think they were being too harsh. And more than half (55 per cent) of those polled said they dished out less discipline than their own parents did. Despite this, more than one in three said they feared a lack of discipline could lead to their child getting into trouble in future. Three in ten parents admitted they were a 'pushover. A spokesman for Cadet150, which carried out the study to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cadet Forces, said: 'Discipline is all part of growing up and its important for children that they are taught the difference between right and wrong. DM 'It seems children these days get a far easier ride than parents did twenty or thirty years ago. 'Our survey suggests mums and dads tend to avoid ticking off their children because its easier than having to deal with them kicking up more of a fuss. DM 'They dont want to be seen as too strict and not enough of a friend their kids feel comfortable talking to. The survey questioned 2,000 parents on their attitudes towards discipline. Nine in ten adults considered themselves to be well-disciplined as a child - with six in ten being smacked or sent to their bedroom and almost half being ordered to bed early. One in five adults said they were banished to bed without dinner, while one in ten had their 'ears boxed or their mouths washed out with soap. DM