I ask my kids some questions about what they think it’s like to be an adult
Sometimes being an adult is extremely hard and no fun at all. We had a day this past weekend which was definitely one of those fun-free days.
It started at 5pm with a trip to the GP with one of our girls, followed by a little interlude of relative calm until 3am. But from 3am until 11pm the following evening we were squeezed through the parental wringer which is A&E and the peadiatric ward of a hospital.
There was absolutely zero amount of fun for the adults that day. (But to be fair there wasn’t a whole lot of fun for our little girl either).
The one thing I think we are all in agreement on, when we were children we couldn’t wait to be a grown-up because it looked as if grow-ups were having all the fun.
Little did we know.
Now that we are grown-up we look back at those carefree years with longing. Do you remember the endless school holidays and non-stop fun that we really used to have?
To be honest I can’t really remember. Maybe I was too busy longing to grow up myself to appreciate the real freedom from responsibility I actually had.
I also I can’t quite remember what I used to think when I was the age of my kids about what I imagined being an adult would be like. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from my kids what it is they are so excited about for their futures, what it is exactly that goes through the mind of a child.
Once again I sat down with each child individually so they couldn’t listen to or influence one another’s replies. My children are 16, 14, 12 and 9 years old, their answers are noted by age order, from oldest to youngest.
What is the best thing about being a grown-up?
- No one tells you what to do at home
- You make the decisions
- The freedom – you get to go anywhere and do anything
- You get to pick what job you want
What is the worst part?
- Having loads of responsibilities
- It’s all up to you
- You don’t have someone to clean up after you and loved ones pass away more often
- If you have kids you have to be in charge all the time, you have to think about romance and getting a job could be tricky
What is the difference between being an adult vs being a child?
- A lot more freedom
- When you are an adult, your parents don’t tell you what to do so much
- You are a lot taller as an adult, and you have more responsibility
Which do you think is nicer to be?
- It depends on your age, being a young child or a young adult is better than being an older child or an old adult
- An adult, school is ‘depressing’
- An adult, or actually being an 18 year old would be best
- An adult because then you can drive and shop and do whatever you like
What’s the most important thing an adult needs to know?
- Appreciate that you’re not in school
- How to take care of themselves
- Don’t stress and good things are going to happen
- Know the laws
What do grown-ups like to do for fun?
- Go for walks
- Some might like to play airsoft, some like to read, it depends.
- Men like to watch rugby, women like to go out for coffee
- Men drink beer and talk, women drink tea and talk
How do grown-ups make friends?
- They meet in different places like at the school gate or book club
- At work or activities
- At toddler group, through school or online
- By talking to them
How much money do they need every month?
- Depends on their lifestyle but you could easily get by on €1000 per month
- Do you mean a 30 day or 31 day month? (lol) about €600
What do adults do if they don’t like their work?
- Quit or complain
- They quit if they can – lol, otherwise they have to do it
- Go for an interview
- Quit or get fired on purpose
What are the biggest responsibilities adults have?
- Their children
- To provide an income, pay bills and taxes, take care of yourself
- Taking care of themselves, like money-wise
- To not be careless
So what about you, do you think we have more fun as adults, or are we too busy BEING adults to notice the fun?
Here are my previous interviews with my children if you’d like to read further:
- I ask my kids some questions about friendship
- I ask my kids some questions about living on a deserted island
- I ask my kids some questions about the future
- I ask my kids some questions about our trip to the USA
- I ask my kids some questions about school
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