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These are the 50 things adults miss most about their childhood

These are the 50 things adults miss most about their childhood
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Our current cultural landscape is steeped in nostalgia and it seems everywhere you look, something from the past keeps popping up. It’s no surprise too that during a global pandemic, nostalgia is all the rage because in challenging, uncertain times, we certainly like to cling to familiarity, comfort, and what we recall from the “good old days.” And more often than not, the feeling of nostalgia clings to positive memories.

But what do we think about most when it comes to our past— more specifically our childhood?

A recent poll looked to answer that very question and according to the results, 55 percent of adults would love to relive their childhood, with the ’60s, ’70s, and '80s seen as the best decades to have been a kid. And the reasons are simple: Not having to worry about money came out at the top of the list, while not having to work and building sandcastles ranked high on the top 50. Meanwhile, family holidays and watching cartoons on a Saturday morning also made the cut.

Here is the list of the top 50 things adults miss most about being a child:

1.            Not worrying about money

2.            Having long school holidays

3.            The magical feeling of Christmas

4.            Always having energy

5.            Not paying any bills

6.            Not having to work

7.            Not having aches and pains

8.            Being really excited about a birthday

9.            Believing in Father Christmas

10.          Family holidays

11.          Getting loads of presents at Christmas

12.          The excitement of going to the beach

13.          Sleeping soundly

14.          The thrill of getting a new toy

15.          The excitement of hearing the ice cream van

16.          Making dens

17.          Having no fear

18.         Having holidays paid for

19.          Getting money from the tooth fairy after losing a tooth

20.          Using your imagination freely

21.          Going to birthday parties

22.          Someone doing your laundry

23.          Being free to climb trees

24.          Watching cartoons on Saturday morning

25.          Playing games whenever and for however long you wanted

26.          Having a great imagination

27.          School trips

28.          Watching TV as soon as you got in from school

29.          Being friends with everyone

30.          Everything being new

31.          Being able to fall asleep comfortably anywhere

32.          Building sandcastles

33.          Playing with your siblings

34.          Being the first one to see the sea on a trip to the beach

35.          Getting clothes bought for you

36.          Feeding ducks in the park

37.          Building things

38.          Jumping in puddles

39.          Not having to shave every day

40.          Water fights

41.          Sleepovers

42.          Using an empty box to create countless games

43.          Being excited by public transport

44.          Swapping stickers with friends

45.          Asking any questions you like, to anyone you want

46.          Not knowing what a hangover is

47.          Being carried to bed by your parents

48.          Making paper airplanes

49.          Watching Gladiators on a Saturday night

50.          Dressing up anytime (not only on Halloween)


The research was commissioned by learning and tech brand Osmo, who have partnered with sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, to bring children’s drawings to life in three giant sandcastles on Weston-super-Mare beach. Click here to read more about the survey.

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