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26th Oct 2023

Mum regrets having a baby because she misses watching Netflix and alone time

Joseph Loftus

‘I just want to go back to my old life’

Of all the challenges we face in life, having children is without doubt one of the most demanding.

That being said, most parents would argue that despite its many difficulties, becoming a parent is the most rewarding achievement one can have.

When you have children, if you want to be a good parent, it’s time to wave goodbye to countless nights out, binge-watching television, and sleeping in late on the weekends. Your child becomes (or should become) your number one priority. After all, you’re the reason they’re here.

Becoming a parent takes a lot of sacrifice, but ultimately it’s all worth it, as you bring someone into the world and shape them into becoming a fantastic human being.

However, some people regret their children very soon after they’re born and one mum recently took to Mumsnet to reveal that she’s upset because she didn’t realise just how difficult being a mum would be.

The woman wrote: “My baby is ten months old. I love her more than anything in the world.

“I constantly worry about something bad happening to her. She is a lovely, bright, happy, sweet, and quite an independent child.

“But I just can’t shake the feeling that I regret having her. I just want to go back to my old life.

“I had a quiet, peaceful, unexciting life, and that’s what I like.

“I’m a very introverted, self-contained person and I was always happy just being by myself, working from home, watching Netflix in the evenings, enjoying nature, having dinner out now and again.

“Maybe a holiday once in a while.”

The mum said she was overwhelmed by the “constant sense of responsibility” and “constantly having to entertain a baby”.

She added that she was surprised she couldn’t “sit and relax and do nothing all day” as she now always had to be “on alert”.

She concluded: “I know having an older child will bring its own difficulties, but I’m wondering if I’ll enjoy it more once I can reason with her a bit and she can entertain herself more?”

Although the post seems exceptionally controversial, many parents actually leapt to the mum’s defence, and told her that it will get easier.

One wrote: “It’s all part of parenting, you learn to take it in your stride as they get older that said they do get better at entertaining themselves.”

Another added: “Once you don’t have to watch every single thing they do, and they actually want to do quite fun things with you, it definitely gets better.”

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