The Things I Miss About Being A Kid ~Beyond The Books

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Sometimes I miss things about being a kid. Don’t misunderstand me, I love my life at this stage. I am a mother to four great kids, I got the man I always hoped for, and I have a well paying fulfilling career. I get to blog books here and write on occasion. I even get to scream “I run this house” to the people that live here, (they sometimes believe me too, shhhhh). I would not want to rewind a single second of my life and live it over. Things are great now, but they were a bit simpler when I was a kid.

10 Things I Miss About Being a Kid

  • Not having anything to worry about, except school

  • Climbing trees

  • Playing basketball every night until the lights went off in the park across the street

  • Taking a sick day, and spending the whole day in bed without guilt

  • Being able to make friends just by playing near people my own age

  • Getting 20+ valentine’s on February 14th

  • Getting presents on major holidays (b-day, xmas, easter….)

  • My Grandmother

  • Not worrying about “what’s for dinner?”

  • Getting a toy with my meal

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic
    March 24, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I can relate to many of those things, Karen! Since I’m older than you there are a few that are memories for my kids (getting a toy with a meal…lol). That’s great list.
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Yea, it is pretty special to share those joys with your kids (i bet we are closer in age then you think).

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    March 24, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I used to love climbing trees! I think I’d still do it if we had any decent climbing trees around here though I’d probably end up getting stuck. I miss my grandmother too. I think that’s the hardest part about getting older – everyone else does too.
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      How embarrassing would it be to get stuck somewhere in a tree. Lmfao! I could not do that to my kids. They would probably disown me. I hate loosing people to old age. Ugh! Make it stop

  3. Kathy
    March 24, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    This was a fun topic! I still get a toy with my meal lol. The kids meal are a good size if I’m not that hungry lol.
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Oh, I am MUCH too grown up for a kids meal. Plus, how mature would I look with the kids meal, toy, and my beer. Lol! J/k I just never thought to get a kids meal.

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance March 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Fun topic! I do like where I’m at now, but you’re right, there are some great perks to being a kid. I do miss not having too much to worry about!
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Yes, give me LESS responsibilities. I mean whose idea was it to make ME a grown up, I am not ready for this.

  5. Vicki March 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with “Not worrying about “what’s for dinner?”. I literally hate trying to decide.

  6. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    March 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I ordered a happy meal from McD’s as recently as Saturday simply because I love Adventure Time and I wanted the toy!!!
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      OOOOH! Adventure Time, I love it! They didn’t have that here. Just yesterday it was Barbie and Hot Wheels, ugh!

  7. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders
    March 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I never climbed a tree as a kid. I was terrified of heights. I also never took a sick day unless I was very ill. I wish I had gotten wise to that trick! I could’ve stayed in bed and read all day!

    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

      Really? I still take *cough* not really sick/sick days. It is my right as a human to get a non-sick day off. I try to spend the day in bed reading. Not always working out for me here though.

  8. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
    March 25, 2016 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I LOVE this topic. Can I say everything? Because really, everything. Definitely my grandma (and accompanying grandpa). I mean, the one that died, because I just saw the living one the other day. Though I DO wish I got to see her more too. The sick day thing for sure. That is such a mom problem, no? Cause even when I was technically an adult, but without kids, sick days (and weekends!) were still a thing. I feel like there should be a warning pamphlet about these parenthood traps before you sign up bwhaha. I also HATE deciding what is for dinner, because I hate cooking, I hate decisions, and I am bad at both of them.

    And the friend thing is SO true! I don’t understand how adults find friends, I really don’t! If you figure that out, you let me know. And I mean, I guess I should specify- friends that live in the same area code, because I DO have some fabulous blogger friends, present company included 🙂

    I always worried about everything, so that isn’t a new thing for me as an adult ha! And I did not climb trees, because of the aforementioned worry. I miss swimming though, like, on a team. I will make a list for you!

    1. Swimming. Because I already mentioned it 😉
    2. Endless possibilities. I didn’t realize them at the time- I thought I “had” to do things a certain way, and now I am mad at myself for not knowing this as a teen/young adult.
    3. Money not being an issue. Seriously, I feel like all adulthood is is worrying about money, trying to find money, paying bills, and then never having enough money. Or enough sleep.

    I feel like adulthood duped me 😉
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

      The friend thing is a real thing as an adult. Take my advice and don’t move far away as an adult. You will probably end up completely friendless -like me! I thought to join a book club, bu since we are in Connecticut, I don’t think anyone here reads. It’s sad. The closest bookstore is almost 20 miles away. I am living in a very strange state (i miss florida for all the stuff it has, real close and convenient).
      I have a serious aversion to people who say money can’t solve all your problems. THEY ARE LIARS! I could pay off half my problems and buy solutions to the other half. My goal as an adult is to make enough money to keep those problems away (like hunger, nice place to stay, electricity, beautiful book selves, things i don’t need but want, and clothes for every emotion i have).
      Maybe sick days weren’t a problem before I had kids? I don’t remember cuz 17 1/2 years ago I became a parent. That’s like an eternity. I see people without kids and I think “you have more money and more time the me, dammit!”

  9. La La in the Library March 25, 2016 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Not worrying about “what’s for dinner” I should have included on my list! Ha ha. I miss my grandmothers, too. The biggest thing on my list was hanging out with my dad. 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
      March 25, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Ya hanging out wit my Grandmother (who I called Schaitze- German for sweetheart) was the highlight of my kiddom. She always had time for me and loved to have me over, unlike other adults in my life. I think dinner is an epidemic that should be banned. Why can’t people just eat a good lunch and snack for dinner?

  10. I love the one about making friends just because you’re playing near someone. Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked that way as adults? If we could just instantly connect for no real reason at all except that we’re both there and … why not? Ah, to be a kid again!
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