For many parents, it's often hard to remember what life was life bk (before kids.) Having children is an amazing experience and one that completely changes life as you know it. And while many people may admit that life before kids is indeed easier, being a parent is so rewarding that it's worth it. But that doesn't mean that parents don't miss a little bit about life before they had children, and Pampers Pure recently asked moms and dads to share what they miss most about their life before they became parents.
Pampers Pure Protection asked 2000 British parents what they missed the most about being childless and parents everywhere can relate to the responses. Simple moments like driving a car in peace, having date nights and even being able to get a full night's sleep are some of the top things parents listed. Being able to have uninterrupted sex was also high on the list. In fact, the study found that 44% of couples found that having children put their sex lives "on hold".
Many of the parents missed the simple things, like watching television without anyone bothering them, or having a bath or shower free of disruptions. The ability to read a book in peace and quiet during the day or being able to enjoy a night out with friends was also listed as something parents missed being able to do.
A surprising 70% of parents admitted that they underestimated the impact having a child would have on their lives, and a staggering 87% admitted they would absolutely relive childless life for one day if they could.
And although the majority of parents admitted to wanting to enjoy one childfree day if possible, 90% of those surveyed stated that having a child was the best thing they had ever done, and 71% said being a parent has made them happier and more fulfilled than before they had children.
Not surprisingly, parents seem to miss sleep the most, with the number one thing parents miss most about life before kids being able to sleep in on the weekends. Here's a list of the top 50 things parents miss about life before kids. Can you relate?
1. Saturday morning sleep-ins2. A clean and tidy house3. Watching television in complete peace4. Leaving the house at a moment’s notice, without having to worry about a babysitter5. Spending money guilt free6. Having a shower or bath without being disturbed7. Date nights8. Going to the toilet without being disturbed9. Vacations/holidays that didn’t hinge on school breaks/terms10. Getting a full night’s sleep11. Sitting in the sun on a vacation/holiday without having to entertain a child12. Browsing the shops rather than rushing around13. Nights out with friends14. Romance15. Being able to pop to the shops when you want16. A toned stomach17. Adventurous or cultural vacations/holidays18. Silence19. Just sitting down to read a book during the day20. Sex21. Being able to relax in a pub beer garden22. Cheap vacations/holidays23. Not being asked ‘Why’ all the time24. Having a car journey in peace25. Suffering a hangover without having to look after a child at the same time26. Watching grown-up TV during the daytime27. Being able to finish a cup of tea before it goes cold28. Snacking on treats without having to share them, or eat them in secret29. Going to the cinema to watch anything other than an animation30. Pre-baby boobs31. Being able to travel light when you go away32. Being able to have your hair/nails done guilt free33. The days when you could watch your own film instead of watching the same kid’s film over and over34. Not having to watch what you say or talk in code because of ‘little ears’35. A clean car36. Daytime drinking37. Not having to always be wondering where the nearest toilet is, in case they need a wee38. Not having to fork out on babysitters (if you even manage to go out)39. Being able to swear whenever you want40. Sitting down to read the newspaper with a morning coffee41. Spa days42. A good diet43. Being able to go down the stairs without navigating a stair gate44. Being able to do a wash without having to check the pockets of everything going in45. Being able to listen to your music in the car instead of nursery rhymes46. Being able to listen to music or the radio ‘normally’ instead of the same kid’s song on repeat47. Having a small car instead of a people carrier48. Having makeup in your handbag instead of wet wipes49. Being able to plug things in without having to always remove the plug adapters first50. Not smelling a bit like baby sick all the time
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