Growing Up Perks: 12 Things We Love Now That We Despised as Kids

All of us are familiar with that confusion about adults we had in childhood. Why were they so worried about things like making dinner? And why did they like sitting down to rest on the couch so much? There are some things we dreaded as kids but absolutely love them now—even couldn’t live without them!

Here are 12 things that these people hated when they were kids but became awesome as an adult!

1. A Rainy Saturday at Home

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One person said, “A rainy Saturday spent at home.”

A second person replied, “On the sofa, under a blanket with my wife, watching some TV or reading. Yes!”

Then the third added, “Sitting on the patio with a cup of tea and just watching the rain or maybe reading a novel. Oh yeah. Bliss.”

2. Water

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Somebody shared, “Water, as a kid, I hated drinking water. As an adult, I can’t get enough.”

Another person replied, “Definitely, as a kid, I would say stuff like Soda has water in it. Now I just think it is an elixir of life and I have no clue why clean drinking water is considered a privilege and not a right.”

3. Having Nothing to Do

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One person stated, “Having absolutely nothing to do.”

Another user replied, “It’s pretty freeing, honestly. Gets tiring, always needing something to do.”

Finally, the third added, “I was let go earlier this year and one older coworker told me to take some time off if my savings allowed because ‘Next time you lose your job, you’ll probably have kids and a mortgage, you’ll never have a chance to just not work without stress again.’ Listened to him and my god was it amazing for about 4 months. Hogwarts legacy had just come out, I’d been meaning to play Far Cry 6, had a bunch of books I had been pushing off reading. Then I started getting really bored, and my wife was getting driven crazy by me floating around the house ‘Like a toddler with nothing to do’ so I finally went and got a new job. So yeah doing nothing is glorious, but even now, there is a limit hahaha.”

4. Naps

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Somebody said, “Naps.”

Another Redditor replied, “Beds in general really.”

Then the third added, “Afternoon naps, oh yes.”

5. Being at Home

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“Being at home,” said one.

“I wouldn’t leave if I didn’t have to,” replied another.

“No doubt. When I was in my teens/early 20’s I was barely ever home, always out with friends. In my early 30’s now, and couldn’t imagine going back to being out and about doing stuff constantly lol,” added the third.

6. Showers

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One Redditor stated, “I still almost never want to take a shower right up until I am in the shower. Then I never want to get out.”

The second person replied, “Btw yes. I hated showers when I was a kid, but recently, I started taking the shower three times a day.”

7. Supermarkets

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“Supermarkets and Costco specifically. Or maybe this was just me because I grew up poor and my parents never let me get anything I wanted, just tag along and watch them buy staples,” shared one.

“Yes. This. Same thing here. Grew up with nothing. Now, I love going grocery shopping. I love a fully stocked grocery store in the morning too and filling up the fridge,” added another.

8. A Vacuum Cleaner

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One person said, “A vacuum cleaner.”

Somebody replied, “Especially when you hit a patch of crumbs, and it makes that crackly noise.”

Then the third added, “My husband said I could get my dream vacuum. I’ve reached peak adult because I have a dream vacuum.”

9. Getting Spanked

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Someone commented, “Getting spanked.”

Another person replied, “This was way back, but I saw Steve Allen as a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson hosting, and they were just a couple of dirty old men joking around:

“Johnny: ‘I’m guessing you were the class clown back in your school?’

“Steve: ‘Yes, but the problem was that I went to a Catholic school, and when you’re a boy, being spanked by nuns every day isn’t fun.’

“Johnny: ‘Yeah, but now you’d pay a lot of money for that.’”

10. Leftovers

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“This is my first pick too. When I was a kid, I HATED leftovers. Now, it’s like ‘Ooh, I don’t have to figure out dinner for tonight!” one commenter posted.

11. Birthdays

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One Reddit user commented, “My birthday… I get to celebrate how I want and not how the rest of the family wants.”

Another one added, “I was never allowed to have a party… I could never go anywhere or do anything. It always had to be at my grandmother’s house. I sat on the couch and had to be quiet while the adults talked. All I ever wanted was a chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles… Nope. Had to have angel food with strawberries and cool whip… couldn’t even have whipped cream.”

Then the third added, “I used to just stop celebrating my birthdays until this old lady at my job found out my birthday and gave me a card. She said, ‘You should always celebrate your birthday because you don’t know how many you have left.’”

12. Homemade Chicken Soup

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Somebody shared, “Homemade chicken soup. I used to loathe having it for dinner as a child but these days I cannot get enough. I even started making my own broth from chicken carcasses and using all the good herbs. Amazing.”

Did you find anything relatable on the list? Tell us your own thoughts down in the comments!

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