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What do you regret?

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Do you have any regrets as a parent?

A 2012 UK study of over 2,000 parents of children in the early years had plenty of regrets. At the top of the list was regret for working too hard. The gender mix of those surveyed is unclear but I suspect that more mums than dads would regret working too hard. Maybe not!!!

Number two on the list was regret for worrying about the little things.

Why am I not surprised? So many of us fret over the minor stuff when raising kids. BUT you often don’t know that it’s minor until much, much later. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Whoever said ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ was on the money when it comes to raising kids.

Regrets #3 and # 4 were fairly predictable – regret for not playing enough with kids and regret for not having enough holidays, respectively. Play and holidays are two of the main parent-child connectors at the moment. It hasn’t always been so.

In fact, connecting with kids wasn’t as big a priority in the past for parents as it is now.

And # 5? Not taking enough photos. In a time when so many moments are captured on mobile cameras I find this a little bizarre. But there you go!

What do you make of this list? What regrets (if any) do you have as a parent? What would you add or subtract?

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