Parents prioritise happiness over career success for their kids

British parents would rather their children grew up to be happy than successful, according to a new survey.

British parents would rather their children grew up to be happy than successful, according to a new survey.
 
Given the choice between a glittering career and a future filled with happiness, 65 per cent of parents say they would prefer their children to be happy more than anything else, according to a survey of 2,000 parents by Mega Bloks.
 
The study shows more than a third of parents want their children to end up part of a loving family, with a husband or wife to confide in.
 
Having a big salary is the fifth most important goal for parents – as 27 per cent think it is vital their children end up with a decent amount of money.
 
A further one in five parents would like to see their children end up in an important job – such as a teacher or a vet.
 
A fifth of parents also hope their children might get a good degree. A big house, and the ability to holiday twice a year complete the top 10 list of aspirations parents have for their children.
 
To help their children progress at school half of parents read with them nightly. Half of those polled regularly invite children round to the house for tea to encourage sociability.
 
The average British child is also enrolled in two extra-curricular activities a week – most commonly these are swimming and football lessons.
 
But above all, 23 per cent of parents just want their children to have fun, and place this as the most important value for childhood.





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