In an annual survey of 1,600 British youngsters, kids under 10 thought being fat was worse than being divorced — however, the split-up of their parents was a close second. In fact, if given the ability to be King or Queen for a day, the law they would most like to create would be a ban on divorce — the first time it's ever been mentioned on the list. Bullying would also be banished from the kingdom.
However, despite the specter of divorce in many children's lives, the Telegraph reported that over 80 percent of the children questioned thought they would probably marry when they grew up, although 17 percent gave a definite "no" on the subject.
Sixty-six percent wanted to have children, with most of them stopping at one or two. Nearly one third were unsure about becoming parents.
While no one wants divorce, some families definitely benefit from splitting up. As Georgina Bloomberg said recently, her parents’ divorce stopped the fighting, and they became lifelong friends, co-parenting their children. Many children eventually learn to see that distinction and still believe in love.
This may explain the high number of children still wanting to get married.
Other tidbits that came out of the list is that Simon Cowell was judged to be more famous that God or the Queen. Yikes.
The nationwide research was carried out by Luton First, sponsors and organizers of the fourth annual National Kids' Day in Britain.
Patricia Murchie, of Luton First, said: "It seems clear that many pre-teens are more concerned than ever with their looks and weight — possibly reflecting media images of glamour, and new educational initiatives in nutrition and healthy eating."
"This particular age group has some very clear ideas on how the world could be changed for the better, but are very rarely given the opportunity to express them," she noted.
Hmmm. Simon Cowell being more important than God or the Queen sounds like these kids need a little more time to mature to figure out better solutions to change the world.