What Have You Gained?

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Registered: 07-17-2007
What Have You Gained?
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Mon, 07-07-2008 - 4:57pm

What has parenthood given you?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 9:17am

"I think there is no real way of knowing the answer to either question because there is no way of knowing what life would be like without children."


I think that depends a lot on what your life was like before having kids.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 12:18am

To respond to your other question too - I have gained far more from having children than I have ever given up by having children.


I think there is no real way of knowing the answer to either question because there is no way of knowing what life would be like without children. I know in my own world I was only twenty when I had my oldest and in many ways we grew up together. Through my desire to help him I found my own purpose and passion in life - a "job" I would (will)

Courtney

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day... there's a great big beautiful tom

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 10:26am

lol..my oldest is almost 11 going on 25.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 9:03am

thanks for clarifying.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-04-2007
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 10:05am

A headache.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 9:54am
Absolutely - helps me rediscover some of my favorite things about my childhood.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 9:53am
Joy.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 11:49pm

How to answer without sounding cheesy;)



I've gained an incredible appreciate for how frail we are.
I've gained patience, perpsective, and the ability to give up a huge number of personal "needs." I've gained incredible capacity to love, and to accept basic truths.
Also huge balance between what I used to value, and what I now think is more important.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-04-1997
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 11:08pm
Two more people on the planet whom I like, admire, and enjoy spending time with!
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2006
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 7:59pm
I've gained a balance and focus in my life that I did not have pre-kids. I was pretty much workaholic and workout warrior, now I'm involved with my family, my community - civil and church, and, lastly, work. I much less self-centered, and I admit to living a child-centered lifestyle at the moment.

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