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40 things adults miss about being a child


40 things adults miss about being a child

40 things adults miss about being a child

The top things adults miss most from childhood are waking up without a care in the world, school holidays, and having no life admin. A study of 2,000 Brits revealed the activities they long for from their youth, with more than half (56 per cent) admitting they have lost their sense of fun with age.

Getting pocket money, playing in the park and watching TV as soon as they got home from school were featured in the top 40 list. Others miss things being done for them including cooking, washing and packed lunches being made.

Waking up feeling excited, particularly on their birthday, was also featured. The research was commissioned by Tropicana, which recently called for adults to reclaim a childlike positivity at the start of each day by building a giant bed and placing it on the main concourse of King’s Cross station for adults to use as a trampoline.

The poll found people typically remember starting the day feeling happy (35 per cent), playful (22 per cent) and optimistic (21 per cent) in their youth. In comparison, adults today wake up feeling tired (42 per cent), stressed (24 per cent) and anxious (21 per cent). They wake up with four things on their mind, including the weather, tasks at work for the day ahead, money and bills.

Caroline Wilding, spokesperson for Tropicana Brands Group:

“With so many adults across the country missing some of the fun they had as a child, such as being outdoors or singing out loud, we’re calling for the nation to embrace that nostalgic positivity and ‘Be More Kid’. We want to remind people to bring a sense of that childlike fun and sunshine to the day. The way we start each day, from what we have for breakfast to how we get to work, has a huge impact on setting the tone for the day ahead.”

The research went on to find that more than a quarter (26 per cent) wish they hadn’t taken childhood for granted when they were young, and the most fun age was revealed as nine years old. In comparison, 27 was found to be the average age adults lost their sense of fun.

Half of those polled agreed grown-ups need to be more carefree and take a leaf out of children’s books, while 27 per cent envy others who have fun without caring what people think. Among the things adults think they could learn from youngsters were making more time for fun (45 per cent), seeing the best in people (40 per cent) and starting the day with positivity (38 per cent).

Of those polled, 56 per cent have partaken in a childlike activity since being an adult, including having a daytime nap (41 per cent), playing on arcade machines (38 per cent) and colouring in (33 per cent). Such pastimes made them feel happy (56 per cent) and carefree (44 per cent), according to the [] data.

Caroline Wilding:

“For almost a third of adults, their mood is impacted by how they start the day. It just goes to show how important it is to start the morning positively – a glass half full attitude if you will. It was enlightening to learn that over half said doing a childlike activity made them feel happy.

“So, to spark inspiration, and to give people an excuse to carve out time for positivity, at the start of April we installed a giant bed into King’s Cross so that commuters and passersby can tap into their inner positivity and make their day more joyous. We hope those that get involved can forget about work commitments, or daily stresses, and jump on a giant bed, turning their regular morning routine into an opportunity for fun.”

Top 40 things adults miss about being a child
  1. School holidays
  2. Waking up without a care in the world e.g. no worries about the day ahead
  3. No life admin
  4. Being cooked for
  5. Being looked after when unwell
  6. Waking up on birthday mornings feeling excited
  7. Spending a lot of time outdoors
  8. Playing in the park
  9. Getting pocket money
  10. Seeing friends everyday at school
  11. Falling to sleep quickly and easily
  12. Washing being done
  13. Watching kid’s TV shows
  14. Not knowing the concept of money
  15. The newness of everything e.g. flying for the first time, going to the cinema for the first time
  16. Waking up feeling excited
  17. Having friends over after school / going to friend’s houses
  18. Feeling like you could be anything you wanted when you grew up
  19. Not having to do food shopping
  20. Watching TV after getting home from school
  21. Climbing trees
  22. Being bought sweets and chocolate
  23. Having toys bought for you
  24. Drawing/colouring in
  25. Knocking on neighbours’ doors to go out and play
  26. Playing hide and seek
  27. Not worrying about getting dirty when outside
  28. Going to fairgrounds/ on rides
  29. Going on arcade machines
  30. Being read to
  31. Having packed lunch made
  32. Waking up with a positive attitude
  33. Getting carried when too tired to walk
  34. Singing without caring how it sounded
  35. Jumping in puddles
  36. Walking, cycling or scooting to school
  37. Getting certificates, gold star etc.
  38. Having sleepovers
  39. Napping in the day
  40. After school clubs/hobbies

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