5 Ways My Kids Have it Better Than Me

Like most children (and perhaps like many adults), my kids will be quick to complain about the terrible things going on in their lives like homework, being made to get dressed or having vegetables for dinner, but they won’t often see the good.

I realised with a jolt this week that there are several things that they have where they’re better off than me! Here’s a tongue in cheek look at the injustices us parents face with what our kids have versus what we (don’t) have.

1. Money

A week ago we went on holiday for half term week. The children “helped” me to pack by bundling a load of their games and toys into their own little suitcases. They were also adamant that they would take some of their pocket money in their purses. I helped them to open up their piggy banks to count out some coins and was astounded to see just how much cash they had floating around! Whilst I’m scraping together coins in my purse to pay for ballet lessons, pre-school, swimming lessons and who knows what else, they appear to be rolling in it! I haven’t looked at the state of their savings accounts in a while, but I know for a fact that they’ll have far more than what’s currently in my bank account.

2. Clothes

Browsing through the wardrobes of my children, I can tell you they don’t do badly at all. Yes, I appreciate that they’re growing girls and need their wardrobe updating regularly, and I tend to get most of their stuff from the high street or the supermarkets, but they seem to get bought or given a lot of clothes from lovely places like Boden. Lucky them. I can’t remember the last time I updated my wardrobe, but any new clothes are more likely come from the likes of H&M or Primark.

3. Social Life

My eldest daughter Alice is almost 6 and I can’t keep up with her social life. She has playdates with friends from school most week. Before we had children, my husband and I would be out every weekend drinking and socialising. Now a weekend barely goes past when we don’t have to ferry the pair of them to a friend’s birthday party or some form of activity like ballet, swimming or a Rainbows outing. I swear to God, these kids have a far better social life than me!

4. Hair

I don’t know who my two daughters get their hair from, but it isn’t from me and it’s not from their father (he’s bald!). They both have lovely thick, glossy locks and whenever they get it cut, my hairdresser always marvels at the “gorgeous colours” and “natural highlights” which they both seem to have. Mine on the other hand is very dull. It is very fine which makes it look stringy if it gets too long and the only two tone going on is the intermittent grey mixed in with brown!

5. Lunch

Working from home, the best I can hope for for my lunch is an egg mayonnaise sandwich or some cheese on toast. Since my eldest started at school, I have been amazed at the menu. Whether she eats it or not is another matter but how can my measly sandwich measure up to the likes of roast dinner, chicken curry, hot sausage roll or fish fingers and chips?!

Of course, if I ever point out any of these facts to my kids, they simply shrug it off. “Yes, you say we have lovely hair all the time, Mummy.” I wonder at which point, if any, do they ever think that in certain respects they’re doing better than their Mum?!

Do you agree with any of these points? Or do you have any injustices to add to the list? I’d love to hear them.

38 thoughts on “5 Ways My Kids Have it Better Than Me

  1. Isn’t it amazing how times change. We didn’t have half of what our kids have back in the day and they still have so much more than us as adults 🙂

  2. I think each generation get more than the last! Every parent says the same to their children I’m sure! I have teens and the amount they have in clothes and “stuff” is amazing but then they get to spend their money on whatever they like! Oh the freedom to buy 12 different make up brushes! Whereas I’m looking under my car seat for spare change! Lovely post. #KCACOLS

    1. Yes, absolutely! My parents definitely said the same about me. I can only imagine the amount of “stuff” that is accumulated once kids are teens!!

    1. Thank you! And yes, you’re right, it’s all completely natural (if a little frustrating at times!).

  3. Agree with all this, but our parents probably thought the same about us! I am glad that we can give our children a better life than we had – that’s how we make progress. When things start going backwards we are in trouble. #KCACOLS

  4. Well this is pretty spot on. My kids definitely have it better than me for all these reasons and then some. They are the bosses of the house and what they say generally goes, well wouldn’t that be nice eh! #KCACOLS

    1. I’m sure there are so many more reasons! Yep I’m amazed at how bossy mine are at just 3 and 5!!

  5. Loved the idea for this post! You’re so right – they do have it better than us! On so many accounts! And your girls do have the loveliest hair! #KCACOLS

  6. I have three teenagers and they all earn their own money, lucky for me it means I don’t have to spend as much money on them but living at home they can afford the luxury of things like new clothes, gym membership and getting their nails done. As for the social life, I hardly ever see my eldest two kids! #kcacols

  7. Technology! They have so much more technology than us, my 2 year old knows how to work an iphone and I didn’t get my first mobile phone until I was 16! #KCACOLS

  8. I often say my kids don’t know they’re born, they have it so good! Like you say, social lives to envy, opportunities to try all sorts of different sports, beautiful clothes and far too many of them, and basically not a care in the world. Oh to be a kid again! #KCACOLS

  9. Haha yup I agree with all of these. Our kids’ savings account statements came through this week, and the thought did briefly cross my mind that I should stop direct debiting to them and redirect that money to a little account of my own! Haha.

    And we have the lunch debate all the time in our house – my little girl moans when I’ve treated myself as a one-off to a chocolate muffin while I’m watching her little sister play at the play gym, and I gently remind her that she has a cooked meal and pudding EVERY day, while I am stuck with a peanut butter sandwich! #coolmumclub
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  10. I had a banana and yogurt for breakfast and a PB&J for lunch every day for about ten straight. Now my daughter looks at a menu every day at school and chooses between better food than I eat. #KCACOLS

  11. In many ways it is better, but I don’t remember school being as pressured, getting as much homework or having as many tests. Swings and roundabouts I think

    1. Yes, you’re right. There is far more help on hand now with transitions, but as you say a lot more homework and tests. Starting school is still a big change for all of them. X

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