/ How old were you when you became a parent?
41, perfect timing as could leave the forces with a pension and spend the next however many years having children and being at home with them. Any earlier and I would have still had a career and would have felt guilty sending them off to nursery or leaving them with someone else.
Ps, wife was 32
I was 23
Having them late: have fun first but risk more medical complications
Having them early: Still young when they've grown up and (hopefully) more money to have fun with, still young enough to enjoy teaching the grandchildren to climb, canoe, sail (boy, do they adore you)
18 (Whoops!) Everyone but us thought it was a disaster but we just got married and got on with it. Whatever happens to you at that age just seems normnal because you know nothing else. Looking at friends who had their kids in their 40s I don't know how they cope. They seem permanently knackered whereas we were young and full of beans. Plus it meant the kids were gone while we were still in our early 40s.
25. About right for me I reckon, she arrived at a good time and probably saved me from going properly off the rails. Nowt like sprogs to bring things into sharp relief!
So 25, which incidentally is about half the age of Ring Ouzel :-D
I was 19. It seemed very early at the time. Had to 'grow up' very quickly, but ironically, I think I never actually 'grew up' as far as my contemporaries.
My family unit grows with me. I think I'll go home and see them now!
31 and 34
44, though if my 5 year old carries on much more the way she has today she'll be on Ebay and I'll be back to square one.
34 and was knackered and had a headache for the first couple of years due to lack of sleep and stuff.
despite all the odds it lasted well and we only split about two years ago when she turned into a mental case, got 3 kids and 4 grandkids now and im only 47.
a lot of responsibilty and sacrafices when we were young but now i get to enjoy the grandkids while im still young and fit enough to enjoy it.
33, well all going well I will be, my first one is due in May
Have never knowingly sprogged. Always assumed that I would. Probably a bit too past it now. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans", as Lennon said.
I'm a PARENT?!?
> I was 23
Me too, but then, we met at School 7 years before , married at 21' so not a whirlwind romance .
We were ready, and we were only 25.
It means that I have the time to have a grown up relationship with my lad. He's 22 and I'm 47 and I love our time now he's grown up.
32, as was my wife, after 11 years off marriage. Although we now still feel young enough to do lots now they are off our hands, I think ideally i would have them a few years earlier, maybe 26/7.
I was 25, K was 27. we had both done a fair amount of traveling and different life experiences between us and it felt right although money was tight but we managed, he's nearly 23 now and he mentioned the other month how weird it feels being nearly my age when we had him.
I'be been a parent all my friggin' life! And I wouldn't change a thing.
First was when I was 28 followed by another when I was 30 with someone else then twins when I was 37 with someone else again.
old enough. any younger and i would have been too poor, too transient and too risk adverse.
We had our 1st when i was 25 and sal was 21 we had number 2 came when i was 27 number 3 at34, then a little rest, at 41 we had are number 4 number 5 came when i was 44 and just before 50 we have number 6th . Not at granddad as yet ! love them all
First at 24 and second at 34 yrs old, different father. I think it would have been better to wait until say late 20s and in the right circumstances...but my life has ever been traditional.
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