Tell Me About It: Thinking about a 2d child

Posted: November 24, 2012

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Question: As someone who's been there, done that, when do you think that being a parent gets a little easier? We have a wonderful 15-month-old and he is the light of our lives, but those lives are harried (along with some physical challenges - my husband is an amputee).

We would in theory like to have another baby, but could just use some wisdom. Any advice?

Answer: I never do this, but I'm going to: Five. That's the age when your ball of need stops being a toddler and starts being a kid - someone who can actually help out a little bit and just fry your brain less.

It's OK for your next baby to remain a theory till then, or till some earlier time if you feel ready, or indefinitely, or even permanently.

Question: Five? No way. I think kids peak in being a pain at about 18 months.

Answer: Many concur 2 is better than 18 months, which it is. But it depends on the kid in question. I'm sticking to my original point: It's OK for this couple to make their decision based solely on what they they think they can handle.


Email Carolyn at tellme @washpost.com.hax.

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