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Happiness versus success

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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, parents choose contentment for their offspring every time.

More than half of parents polled simply aren’t concerned how academic their children are at all – as long as they are considerate, happy and hard working.

And when it comes to their future, parents claim they would rather their child grew up to be married with children, than on the receiving end of a massive pay packet each month.

However, the research does indicate that while parents profess to not care about their offspring’s success, they DO quite like the idea of them ending up as a doctor or lawyer.

A spokesman for Mega Bloks, which conducted the study of 2,000 mums and dads, said: “We asked parents to rank their aspirations for their children in order of importance, and a resounding 65 per cent preferred to see their children happy than anything else.

“Health was also a massive factor for mums and dads, who obviously think of their child’s well-being.

“I think what parents are trying to say is that while they want their children to do well in all aspects of life, it is not the end of the world if they don’t end up being a rocket scientist.

“And while parents would like to see their kids financially secure and in a relatively decent job, there are other factors which are more important.”

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.

But 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 land themselves a good degree, while 13 per cent like the idea of their clever offspring being recognized academically.

A big house, and the ability to holiday twice a year complete the top 10 list of aspirations parents have for their children.

Pete Fuller, spokesperson for Mega Bloks, the worldwide leader in pre-school construction toys for infants and toddlers comments, “It is refreshing to see that despite all the pressure on kids at school they can be safe in the knowledge that as long as they are happy their parents will be happy too.

“Giving them the best start you can in life and the building blocks on which to grow is crucial.”

The research shows parents do the best they can by their children academically, in their relationships and where sports are concerned.

To help their children progress at school half of parents read with them nightly, and 28 per cent spend hours and hours teaching them at home.

In a bid to encourage strong friendships, 55 per cent of mums and dads try to encourage their little ones to be compassionate and sensitive towards others, and half of those polled regularly invite children round to the house for tea.

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.

Top 10 aspirations parents have for their children:
2.Good health
3.A loving family
4.To be married
5.A big salary
6.An important job
7.A good degree
8.A big house
9.Recognition academically
10.The ability to holiday twice a year.

I think what parents are trying to say is that while they want their children to do well in all aspects of life, it is not the end of the world if they don’t end up being a rocket scientist

Mega Bloks spokesperson

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