7 Things You Take For Granted When You're A Kid
Start writing a post

7 Things You Take For Granted When You're A Kid

Growing up is not all it's cracked up to be.

7 Things You Take For Granted When You're A Kid
Caroline Buck

When you're a little kid, you can't stop wishing to grow up: you want to make your own bed time, you want to be able to see PG-13 and R-Rated movies, and you want to be able to choose if you have ice cream for breakfast every day. What you don't realize, though, is that adults lose a lot of very special things that only little kids can have - things you'll miss when you're sitting at your kitchen table trying to do your taxes.

Nap time was soooo unappreciated

Giphy It's funny how kids absolutely dread nap time (except me. I was the kid to actually ASK my mom if I could take a nap.) Either way, it seems that the older you get, the more you want (and need) a nap, but the less hours there are in a day.

What seemed "difficult" as a kid is nothing compared to what "difficult" is as an adult. 

I'll never forget the day when I was about four years old, my best friend, Syd, stole my blue sparkly crayon. It was like the end of the world for me. After all, the crayon was a combination of my two favorite colors: blue and sparkle. Today, Syd and I are still best friends, though I am still waiting for the day she returns my crayon.

Quite honestly, though, I'd take someone stealing 1,000 of my blue sparkly crayons today over spending my week stressed about making enough money to eat (somewhat) healthy, bickering with my landlord, and writing three papers that are all due the same day.

You could hide behind your parents' legs if you didn't want to deal with society


Actually, I didn't do this one much as a kid. If it were socially acceptable at this age, though, I'd definitely take advantage.

Making friends was a piece of cake

As a kid, it was so easy to make friends. You could just go up to any other kid on the playground and ask them to go on the swing set with you, and that was completely normal. Now, if I want to make a friend at work, I actually have to work on forming a relationship, which takes time and effort. Plus, there aren't any swing sets at work to use as an excuse to get to know someone.

Food magically appeared on the table


I miss the days where I would get home from school and, boom, there was a hot meal on the table. Little did I know that actually having to make food for myself would be such a game changer. Cooking takes a lot of dang time and money, and that sure isn't something you realize when you're a little kid! I appreciate home cooked meals now more than ever.

There were so many more valuable excuses 

Today, if you don't want to go somewhere, it's not like you can say, "Sorry. Can't go. I'm six, so I can't drive and I don't have a phone to call an Uber" or "Sorry this paper is late. It's because I was too busy throwing a hissy fit in the corner when the deadline arrived."



This is, by far, the thing I miss most about being a little kid. I would spend hours on end with my best friends Becca and Angela pretending we were fairies, playing with Barbies, and making up crazy rules to games that we invented. Imagination is just something that is part of a child's life, so it's impossible to know how important it is until it's faded away. This is the real reason why adults had always told me to, "appreciate being a kid while it lasts!"

Now, it's time to go grocery shopping...

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments