Make a wish ... Perhaps unsurprisingly, most mums just want their kids to be happy.

Make a wish ... Perhaps unsurprisingly, most mums just want their kids to be happy.

When it comes to their childrens' futures, Australian mums are more concerned about economic uncertainty than any other issue. And while most would like their child to just be happy, one in five would prefer it if their child was rich in the years to come.

A survey of 2000 mums, conducted by Virgin Money on the Essential Baby website, found that most mothers (38 percent) would rather if their child was just content and happy with life as a grown-up. Almost a quarter (24 percent) would prefer it if their child had fulfilment in life through sport or a creative career, while 16 percent would like it if their child make contributions to the community through politics or not-for-profit work. One in five chose financial wealth through business success for their child (21 percent), above all else.   

One in five chose financial wealth through business success for their child above all else 

Finances played a large role in the mums' worries, with economic uncertainty looming as they most concerning issue for most respondents (37 percent). Others worried about social disruption (15 percent) and terrorism (13 percent), with both climate change and society's consumerism the biggest concerns for 11 percent.

The 'Today, Tomorrow and Life' survey also found that: 

  • Almost half of all mums (47 percent) believe that celebrity mums provide an unrealistic image of motherhood, with one in five (21 percent) saying the stars are overly scrutinised. But 4 percent found celeb mums to be inspirational.   
  • Opinion is divided on the recognition mums get for their role in Australian society: 51 percent say their contribution isn't recognised, while 49 percent say it is.
  • Although the respondents are concerned about finances, 32 percent say that neither them or their partner has life insurance.