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Top Regrets Of Parents

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Parents say that working too hard and worrying too much about things that didn’t really matter were at the top of their lists of regrets when it came to their children. Not playing with their child more often, not taking enough photos and waiting too long before teaching them to swim were also high up according to the poll of 2,000 parents. Seven out of ten admitted they took their kid’s childhood for granted, with more than two thirds saying it is easy to forget they won’t be young forever.


1. Working too much
2. Worrying about the little things
3. Not playing with them more
4. Not going on more vacations
5. Not taking enough photos
6. Spending too much time away
7. Not filming enough events or milestones in their lives
8. Not taking them on ‘big’ trips such as Disney World                                                                               9. Not encouraging them to take up a/more hobbies
10. Not having a shared hobby
11. Not reading enough to them at bedtime
12. Spending too much time worrying about housework
13. Not taking them swimming more
14. Not letting them take part in messy activities more often
15. Not teaching them to swim earlier
16. Not being at some of the milestones in their life
17. Not making enough of Christmas/birthdays with them
18. Being too over-protective
19. Always waiting for the next milestone instead of enjoying the current one
20. Not enjoying days out more

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