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17 June 2013


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My addendum to your hypothesis is babies help teenagers work past their self absorption and see the needs of others. Cute and helpless babies are hard to ignore.


Unfortunately, Jenny, testing that hypothesis would require me to keep having babies each time one of my children becomes a teenager.

Except, you know, for the control teenagers. Who would have to be chosen at random.

Jennifer Fitz

It's a pretty good hypothesis. Except that the baby might have a surprise or two in store, that throw out the "I'm good at this" part.

Still, for this and many other reasons, teenagers and adults should definitely have a supply of babies in their life, if it can be arranged.


Jennifer, it's true there's no guarantees; any time we could get thrown for a loop. Just playing the odds here....


We did this. Our first turned 13 two months after our youngest was born. It' been a good thing on so many levels. I don't see it happening each time a child turns 13, though! Our second just hit that landmark last month, and we're certainly closer to the end of our family than the beginning!


My daughter was 14 when my youngest was born. I certainly hadn't done your calculation beforehand, but now, ten years on, I can agree with the "flow" concept. I can also say that a baby brother did help my daughter move past her self-absorption, but she was still a difficult teenager. Personality is still personality, after all. Having a small one to cuddle helped me keep my perspective and maintain my confidence in my own competence. And now, my daughter, with whom I have a beautiful adult relationship, has two small children who are helping the current teenager move past self-absorption. Highly recommended!

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