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10 Reasons I’d Rather Be a Kid {Again}

July 4

Who has it better, kids or adults?

Oh, how I’d love to be a kid again. The worry-free fun days of childhood. The perfect age was 7. What to name my new Barbie was my biggest decision. I grew up in a loving home and I was content with the simple life we led.

10 Reasons I’d Rather Be A Kid {Again}

Listed below are my ten reasons I’d rather be a kid again. They are listed in the order I thought of them. Enjoy!

1. No Bills, No Worries.

It’s no fun working when your paycheck is spent before you even cash it. Playing Payday was a lot more fun as a kid than paying real bills as an adult.

2. The World Was Perfect

Or so I thought. In my concept of the world, the police would be to your rescue in a moment’s notice. The doctor would save your life. Most importantly, your parents kept you safe from monsters and bad things. Little did I know that the police don’t get to the scene nearly as fast as they are needed. Nor does the doctor always know the answer or make the right call. And parents don’t have all the answers; some are even bad parents doing bad things. I realized as I got older, the world is full of imperfect humans filling these roles. I was blessed to have parents that weren’t abusive or neglectful. If only I could wish into existence this kind of childhood for every child.

3. My Parents Weren’t Divorced

My parents were together until after I got married and was pregant with my first child. It was rough on me then, as an adult. I can’t imagine growing up in two households with two sets of rules and my parents apart. Again, I was blessed to have these imperfect parents of mine.

4. Seeing My Siblings Everyday

I have mostly good memories of my brothers and little sister. We grew up sharing one television, so I watched a lot of GI Joe with my brothers. We also shared the Nintendo 64. We were mostly outdoors though, even though I always preferred to be indoors. My oldest brother smacked me in the cheek with a softball and that only added to my dislike for the outdoors and sports. Yes, call me a wimp. I really don’t care.

5. Going to School

Yes, I loved going to school. I still have a huge desire to learn and play with all things paper. I have a desk piled with books, a Happy Planner, notebooks, and other nerdy items.

6. Barbies and My Little Ponies

Barbies and My Little Ponies were my favorite toys growing up. As long as I would never tell anyone, my brothers would play Barbies or My Little Ponies with me. {Oops, I just told!} I secretly played with my Barbies even after my friends quit playing because they were too old for that. The best reason to have a daughter is to dig out your old Barbies and help her dress them and comb their hair. I was sad that my daughter didn’t love Barbies as much as I did.

7. Hot Summers

That’s a crazy reason, right? Well, our summers were hot, with a box fan in the window, but they hold losts of memories. We lived a simple life, but we had a good life. I enjoyed being outside after the sun went down. We’d stand in the road and watch bats dive down. We played in a kiddie pool in the yard to cool off. We did simple inexpensive things, but we had fun doing it. I really wish I would’ve made my children’s lives simpler, not giving them most everything they wanted. Our lives are too cluttered with gadgets, etc. these days.

8. My Mom’s Nurturing

I miss my mom taking care of me when I was sick. Even though I felt like crud, taking care of me made it so much better. She never complained even when there was vomit to clean up. I am 38 years old and still want my mom {or at least her advise} at times.

9. Television

I miss the decent television that used to play. There was less garbage to be protected from. I enjoyed watching The Facts of Life, The Monchichis and Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series I also enjoyed watching Coach with my dad at night. Do you remember any of them?

10. Girl Scouts

Another childhood memory with my dad was Girl Scout camping trips. He’d volunteer as security dad. He’d know that I was in safe hands and I’d get to have fun camping out. I remember making soap with a knife. I remember all the badges I earned, which are stored somewhere in this messy house. I loved Girl Scouts!

Now that I’ve shared my ten reasons, I sit here thinking about my kiddos. They wouldn’t be here if I was still a kiddo. They have their own childhood memories to make. So, I will forfeit returning to my own childhood, so that they can live theirs. Like I said before, have your own kiddos. You can get away with playing with their toys. That’s good parenting. Just make sure they are playing, too. It’d be weird to walk in on you playing with Barbies when your daughter isn’t even home.

Leave a comment: Who has it better, kids or adults? List 10 reasons why you would rather be one over the other.

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This post was inspired by: Mama’s Losin’ It


  • Reply
    by Michelle Westbrook
    July 4 at 7:45 pm

    Love this! My brother played with me also and I have a picture somewhere to prove it, lol. I also kept playing long after my friends did. I had one friend who still did too and we would make it a point to talk about MTV or something “cool” on the bus ride home from school so no one else knew… Ahhh those were the days. So much simpler then 🙂

    I am having a hard time deciding if I would rather be a kid or an adult. I think the years from 15 – 30 were emotionally tough so I’m not sure I’d want to relieve them lol. Life is good now 🙂

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    R U S S
    July 5 at 12:08 am

    I totally feel ya. Life was simpler when I was a kid. I only had to worry about homework and cheerleading practice.

    A grown-up’s life is complicated and can get crazy. If you don’t have work-life balance, you’ll lose it. I’d give anything to be a kid again 🙂

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    Fi Ní Neachtáin
    July 5 at 3:38 am

    A big YES to all of these! Being a kid was the best thing ever, not having any responsibility and being able to play Barbies all day without a care in the world. I wish I could go back! 🙂

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    July 5 at 3:57 am

    My toddler has epic meltdowns about things like not wanting to wear knickers or having to brush her teeth! I’m not sure she’d agree that life is better as a child!!

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    July 5 at 12:08 pm

    I would love to go back to the time when my mother was still around.
    You don’t know how much you miss the little things until you don’t have them anymore.

    Great list 🙂

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    July 5 at 2:10 pm

    Oh it would be amazing to have no worries again! I am envious of little ones!

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    July 5 at 3:30 pm

    As adults, most of us really wish that we can come back as kids. How those times as youngster that we were so excited to grow up, we lost the time to cherish being young!

    Good points here! than you very much!

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    Elizabeth O.
    July 6 at 3:45 am

    Yup, these are the reasons why I would rather be a kid. My siblings and i are very close to each other. Now they live very far away from me and I miss them so much.

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    July 6 at 6:22 am

    You are lucky that your parents were together throughout your childhood. It really doesn’t seem to be the norm anymore.

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    Kelsey Ferguson
    July 7 at 7:49 am

    Oh, I agree! I loved going to school, too. I miss it. One of my mom friends decided to go back and get her degree. I make her tell me all about her classes and her homework. I’m such a dork. Why did we ever want to grow up? Being a kid was awesome. 🙂

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    Jess Benoit
    July 7 at 10:31 am

    OhMyGawsh YES!!! And we couldn’t wait to grow up!

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    July 7 at 4:12 pm

    I miss swinging on the swings. Now, when I try I get so incredibly sick! I love the good shows too. I loved MacGyver. 🙂

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    Christine - The Choosy Mommy
    July 7 at 5:36 pm

    I’d love to not pay bills!! I’d also love to have meals served to me, not have to clean bathrooms, could sleep whenever I wanted (and of course it is encouraged), and be able to just go play at my friend’s house whenever! <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy,

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    Tara Gauthier
    July 8 at 2:44 pm

    I miss those simple times of our childhood too – remembering how we used to go out and play and come home when the street lights came on or we got hungry. Things were sure different back then, less complicated that’s for sure! My son barely even uses our house phone now – he reaches for his ipod to message his friends instead.

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    July 8 at 3:33 pm

    These are really sweet. Its amazing how, as a kid, we couldn’t wait to grow up. And now that we are grown up, we can see the advantages of being a kid!

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    July 9 at 3:37 pm

    1. No responsibilities or even a clue I was supposed to have any.
    2. The world was my oyster and nothing could be impossible
    3. Clean house and cooked meals, it just happened, I did nothing.
    4. Someone to take care of me when I was sick
    5. Biggest decision of the day was what was I would to play. (no electronic, very little TV time)
    6. Boundless energy and when I was tired I was OUT! No trouble falling asleep.
    7. Physical strength and stamina. I could skate competitively again!
    8.I didn’t know about the bad things in life and the few I did, I was sure they wouldn’t happen to me or my family.
    9.I would get to be with my Dad again. My husband would be in my future again.
    10. I would have the chance to accept Christ earlier and being serving Him as a child.
    Okay, one more even thought it’s probably against the rules. But…..
    11. IF and that’s a big IF, I knew what I know now I could change a lot of things and take advantage of all the opportunities I had growing up!

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    July 9 at 3:44 pm

    7 Reasons I wouldn’t want to be a child again.
    1. Having to go to bed early. ( I hated it when the newsman would ask ‘it’s 10:00, do you know where your children are?” Right after that I would hear Mom yelling from the den, “Narita are you in bed?” Of course I wasn’t.
    2. Skinned knees, chicken pox, and wisdom teeth taken out (I was 12)
    3. Being made fun of in school.
    4. Having to pick up dog poop in the yard every week.
    5. Having to go through puberty and all the emotions and confusion.
    6. Homework
    7.Mom cutting my bangs. (by the time she ‘evened’ them out, they were about 2 inches long! No joking}

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    Jaclyn Anne
    July 10 at 6:15 pm

    The lack of bills and responsibilities was amazing! I also loved how the littlest things would our day… a trip to the ice cream shop… going to the park… oh the easy life!

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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    July 12 at 3:56 pm

    Yes and yes! I keep telling mine to enjoy their childhood because being a grown up comes with a lot more work!

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    July 12 at 10:14 pm

    I am happy to be the age I am now. I don’t miss childhood. Although I had a great childhood.

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