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Thread: Your take on age difference
May 17th, 2012 07:36 AM #41
My son and my daughter are 3 1/2 years apart, and we find that it makes it much easier! They each have their own interests and activities, but they are also close. My son helps my daughter with her homework sometimes, and he will run with her to encourage her, as he is on the middle school track team. They do argue, as most siblings do, but I think they will grow up respecting each other.~ Anna Elizabeth & Caroline Audrey ~ Maeve Josephine & Rose Genevieve ~
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May 17th, 2012 05:58 PM #43Senior Member
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My oldest is gonna be 6 in June. My middle just turned 2 in March & my youngest (and LAST) will be here sometime in July. Not the way I had planned it. My older sister had her 3 pretty much back to back, they are now 14, 13, & 12yrs old. I spent ALOT of time babysitting them when they were babies & it seemed so easy. So naturally I thought I could do it that way too. Get it all over with & then have the rest of my years just having fun with them. I am so thankful God had other plans!! It has been difficult enough getting through this pregnancy with one in school & one home with me all day.
I don't think there's a "perfect" spacing & if you plan on certain # of yrs apart, that likely won't happen.
May 18th, 2012 02:17 PM #45
I have a good relationship with my siblings, even though we grew up in different countries and only share the same dad. My older sister is 15 years older than me. Then I have two younger ones, 7 and 9 years younger.
I want my children closer in age. My son is now 1 year and 5 months. We are planning #2 now, hopefully to be born next summer. In that case D would be about 2,5 years. Seems perfect for us!
May 18th, 2012 02:37 PM #47Senior Member
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My sisters are 22 mos. and 5 years younger than I (there's a 3 year gap between them). We are really close, and while we had the normal sibling rivalry, we loved playing together and growing up. The youngest is definitely my "baby" sister; I loved taking care of her and being mom-ish, but I'm glad that I got the close-in-age, best-friend sister bond with the middle sister, too. My boyfriend is 4 and 8 years older than his siblings (partially worked out that way, and partially for financial planning). He wishes he were closer with his siblings; they get along, but the age difference has put them in really different places in life (at least right now). It's true his parents don't have to pay for two kids in college at the same time, but they will be paying for 12 straight years!
I personally want not too much distance between my future kids (just under 2 years - 3 years). Maybe I'll reevaluate when the time comes, of course, but that would be ideal. I do agree that it's a person-to-person preference, not a set right timing.
May 19th, 2012 11:58 PM #49Senior Member
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My sister and I are 5 years apart, and we were never able to relate to each other when we were younger. It wasn't until we were both young adults that our friendship finally took root in a real way, and now we are very close. For that reason, I want my kids to be a little closer in age--maybe 2.5 or 3 years.Current favorites:
Girls: Louisa Jane, Caroline Emma, Celia Rose, Lucy Adelaide/Beatrice
Boys: Henry, Nathaniel/Nathan, Avi, Elias, Asher
Name-obsessed twenty-something in the US. No kids right now, but will be TTC in a few years...it's fun to think of the possibilities in the meantime!
June 9th, 2012 04:55 AM #51Junior Member
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My own mother had my siblings and I separated by at least 4-5 years and we never fought growing up since there was a difference. When I start to have children I plan to go with 3 years apart