Aren't the best things in life free? Not according to the kids! In a recent survey by The Children's Society, 5,000 8 - 15 year-old boys and girls said that these top 10 material possessions would make them happy.
Aren’t the best things in life free? Not according to the kids!
In a survey carried out by The Children’s Society, 5,000 8 to 15 year-old boys and girls said that having material possessions like new clothes or an iPod would make them happy. Find out the top 10 material possessions kids want.
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Lots of children voted for a good TV package, like Sky, to watch the most popular shows or cartoons on demand. But don’t forget to keep them active or else you’ll have a couch potato on your hands!
Just over 5% said getting the right clothes to ‘fit in’ was a big part of being happy. Experts say it’s not just materialistic – the need to ‘fit in’ is age old, but today’s kids have ‘a greater sense of entitlement than previous generations’, says psychologist, Alan Sigman.
Having a family car is at number 8. Again, psychologists believe this is more than just dad’s taxi but quality family time too.
Here’s number 7: big, open green spaces for the children to run around in and play sport. At least they don’t want to sit on the couch all day!
Feeling great in a new pair of shoes is a fantastic feeling – it’s no wonder children think this will make them happy!
Rolling in at number 5 are family holidays. Around 750 of the kids surveyed said this was an important part of their happiness, and let’s be honest, they’ve probably got it right there – we do love a relaxing break!
Remember when yo-yos and cheap playing cards were the latest fads on the school playground? Well, now it’s a £169 Apple iPod (or equivalent) – great! But it doesn’t always have to be expensive gadgets for Christmas…
Just under a quarter of those children surveyed said a family day out is top of the list. Kids love to get out of the house and experience new things – it’ll help put off those household chores too!
At number 2, children said they wanted money to save each month. Not bad if they’re already being smart with their money – just hope it lasts into their teens!
Number 1, the most popular possession to children aged 8 to 15 in 2011 is pocket money. A whopping 1,100 children surveyed said that pocket money was the most important object for their happiness. No mention of quality family time here then – more the Bank of Dad!