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26th Sep 2018

Here’s what most Irish parents miss most about ‘life before children’

Jade Hayden

irish parents

Kids are great.

Having them is great, bringing them up is great, living with them is great – they’re all pretty much great.

However, that doesn’t mean that there are some things that parents miss about life before children – because they’re are.

When you start a family, there are certain things that you have to sacrifice, and there are certain things that Irish parents, in particular, miss from the Time Before.

And, unsurprisingly, the thing that they miss most is Sunday morning lie ins.

Hardly a surprise.

A study conducted by Pampers showed that seven out of 10 parents underestimated how much of an impact having children would have on their day-to-day lives.

Despite this though, nine out of 10 parents also said that having a child was the best thing they’ve ever done so, you know, worth it.

That doesn’t mean they’re not going to miss a few things though. As well as lie ins, parents also miss leaving the house at a moment’s notice, spending money guilt free, and not having to worry about a babysitter.

Same, tbh.

The top 20 things Irish parents miss can be found below:

1.       Saturday morning lie-ins              

2.       A clean and tidy house

3.       Leaving the house at a moment’s notice, without having to worry about a babysitter

4.       Date nights        

5.       Watching television in complete peace 

6.       Spending money guilt free         

7.       Nights out with friends 

8.       Going to the toilet without being disturbed        

9.       Browsing the shops rather than rushing round  

10.   Having a shower or bath without being disturbed            

11.   Getting a full night’s sleep

12.   Romance

13.   Being able to finish a cup of tea before it goes cold

14.   Sitting in the sun on holiday without having to entertain a child 

15.   A toned stomach            

16.   Holidays out of term-time           

17.   Having a car journey in peace

18.   Adventurous or cultural holidays             

19.   Just sitting down to read a book during the day

20.   Being able to pop to the shops when you want