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Subject:  Re: Little Darlings Date:  7/24/2000  4:21 PM
Author:  PHILLIP413 Number:  5084 of 27876

The life of any given parent is more complicated, stressful and expensive than the life of that same person would be if he or she were not a parent.

Just in reply to this sentence & not the article since I have not seen it, the author is pretty much on target, imo (especially the expensive part). As the father of four (three out of college & one still in school), raising children is a complicated & somewhat stressful proposition from day one. With children, as the saying goes, problems don't go away, they just change. What the author doesn't say (at least in this sentence) is that in most cases the rewards far outweigh the problems. The child's first words; first steps; first dance recital; first hit as a little leaguer; first smiley face at school; making the high school football/debate/band/cheerleading,etc squad; throwing/receiving a touchdown pass (& looking up in the stands to make sure you saw it all); earning a scholarship; getting their degree; & on & on, too many to mention. As the commercial says, these things are priceless.

Sorry if I've butted in here where I shouldn't have.

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