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Staying up late will be the ‘best thing about growing up’ according to kids

Getting wrinkles, losing their hair or having their hair turn grey were the downsides...

By Rebecca Shepherd, 25 November 2016
Staying up late will be the ‘best thing about growing up’ according to kids

Being able to stay up late whenever you want will be the best thing about growing up, a survey taken by children has found.

‘I can’t wait until I'm a grown-up’ is a common refrain from kids who are yearning for adulthood when they can make their own decisions. 

But little do they know that when you actually do reach the age of responsibility, it’s goodbye to the long school holidays (unless you’re a teacher), so long to no financial responsibilities and, unfortunately, meals won’t just magically appear on the dinner table as soon as you get home anymore. 

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YouGov Kids Omnibus, which was taken by more than 2,000 8 to 15-year-olds, has revealed exactly what children are most - and least - looking forward to when they get older.

In total, 55% of British children said being able to stay up late whenever they want will be the best thing about growing up. Coming in second was having the freedom to go and visit their friends whenever they want, followed closely by getting their own home so they can decorate it in their own style.

Being able to buy a pet, getting to dye their hair any colour they wish and getting a piercing whenever they want were also listed in the top 12.

And as for the worst thing about growing up, 64% of kids said having to pay bills tops the list, while having to be responsible for their own money came in second and the need to earn money came in third. 

The kids surveyed said having to do their own laundry would be another bad thing about being an adult and things like getting wrinkles, losing their hair or having their hair turn grey were other downsides.

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