A Reddit thread has gone crazy with parents openly and honestly sharing what they regret about having children.

‘Do you ever regret having kids?’ the online post read.

“Maybe not regret it completely, but do you ever have moments of regret?”

One mum replied, ‘[I regret having kids] several times a day. I also swell with love for them several times a day. I like my kids, I don’t like momming [sic].’

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Another commenter quickly chimed in with the reply: ‘This is perfect. I need to save it.’

A third added: ‘Not regret anymore, but for a long time I did. Turns out that for me, on the fence means no. I did the best I could and he’s a pretty great person, but I would have been far happier being child free.’

Many admitted they hadn’t expected it to be so difficult.

‘I didn’t realize how much I would struggle with parenting. And my spouse is not as helpful as I thought he would be with parenting,’ one woman wrote.

‘I really wish I knew myself better before deciding to be a parent,’ she added.

‘I didn’t grow up hearing parents (women in particular) discussing the realities of parenting so I was unprepared for the anxiety, stress, and challenges associated with responsibly caring for another human being (often with very little support).’

One comment that range very true – ‘Yes, there are moments when parenting sucks. ‘That’s not regret, that’s life. But I can’t imagine my life without my kids so I wouldn’t go back and change it.’

Do you have any regrets since having children?

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  • I’m sure most Mums have had some regrets if only for a few minutes or hours, times when they weren’t successful comforting a baby or toddler as quickly as you prefer.


  • I actually think it’s pretty normal to regret some of the changes in your life – you can’t anticipate all of them – but I wouldn’t ever say I regret my children.


  • Have never regretted having my children, just regretted not having more as I loved all of them and could have loved more.


  • While there are tough times where ild be in tears wondering what I had got myself into, I’ve never ever regretted having kids. Best things I ever did


  • Could never regret becoming a mum. Yes sometimes it’s hard and you’re constantly wondering if you are doing the right thing.
    Isn’t it weird how while growing up you don’t hear of mums or dads saying how challenging parenting is. Now days parents are openly communicate with other parents. Learn from them, ask others questions about raising kids.


  • No I’ve never regretted it. Yes, there are moments that parenting is hard and I feel I need wisdom and grace, but wouldn’t want to change it for a bit.

    • Parenting teaches parents too – it is a journey for parent and child for sure. :)


  • Never ever regretted – best thing ever! Love being a mum and always expected it to be a journey. It is a different experience for everyone.


  • I love being a Mother and I’m excited for baby 2 to come very soon. I love seeing my child grow and wonder how she will turn out.
    I don’t regret it, there are times, I get frustrated at the lack of support and feel all alone and judged by my decisions. It’s at these times, I have thoughts of regret, thinking I’m not worthy of raising child or 2. But these are moments that do pass quickly, and I remind myself, I am worthy and like many others, I am doing the best I can, with the best intentions, my child is safe, healthy and happy.
    We all need a reminder occasionally to judge ourselves less and enjoy the growth and development of our children


  • Personally no. I never regretted it. Not even one second.


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