‘Shoulda woulda coulda’ – oh that dreaded word: regret. *Cringe*. We all have it – especially parents!
So often I made a decision with regards to my daughters and immediately regret it. Other times… I suddenly realise that I haven’t done something that I should have or wanted to.
My daughters are barely out of nappies and I know that my top regret is not recording down a list of firsts – I always start off gusto and the Life just gets the better of me. According to a new survey by Mymemory.com, 32% of us are in agreement.
Here’s a list the top ten regrets of parents polled in the survey:
1. Wish I’d taken more photos of baby- 63%
2. Wish I’d not given baby a dummy- 58%
3. Wish I’d moved baby into separate room sooner- 51%
4. Wish I’d recorded more videos of baby- 49%
5. Wish I’d breastfed- 45%
6. Wish I’d not succumbed to cries so easily- 42%
7. Wish I’d not let my baby sleep in same bed as me- 37%
8. Wish I’d not rewarded good behaviour with junk food- 36%
9. Wish I’d kept track of ‘firsts’ i.e. first word, first steps- 32%
10. Wish I’d socialised my baby more- 29%
There ya have it – all the things we’d change if we could do it over. That said: regret is not something that should be dwelled on – for the sake of sanity.
What is your top regret as a parent?