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29 December 2016

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Jamie

YES. This is SO TRUE.

Jenny

I think there is something to it. Sally Thomas said something about this once. That having tweens and teenagers is easier when you still have a baby who loves you.

Also I think is somewhat related to the horror reaction when you tell people you have more than the usual number of children. They recoil as if you have four or five or six two year olds, all at once, which isn't usually true. People who only experience one age at a time have trouble imagining having a range of ages at once.

It's kinda sad that so many people go through all the hard parts of parenting and then never get to apply their expertise with confidence. It's all uphill, all the time.

Melanie B

"It's kinda sad that so many people go through all the hard parts of parenting and then never get to apply their expertise with confidence. It's all uphill, all the time."

That is so true. It's nice feeling super confident with the fourth and fifth children in a way I never did with the first three. Anthony and Lucy seem like easier children, but how much of that is my own competence and confidence?

Jenny

I've thought of this, too--my oldest (twins) are 10, and I can see the beginnings of puberty. At the same time, I've got an 8, a 7, a 3, a 1, and will have a new one in June. You're totally spot-on with the whole "even if I didn't feel as confident with the 10-year-old, I *did* have the confidence of nursing and toddler-raising!" thing. Like you, there's no way I have time to be "paralyzed" with anything, given the schooling/cooking/laundry/general caretaking I have to accomplish each day!

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