Question of the day

Is it easier to parent single or multiple children?

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11 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Joy says:

    Boy, I don’t know. You think on one hand doing it all at once would be easier but I have triplet nieces and nephew who are 13 and it’s not so easy now.

    I’m sure it’s easier to have one at a time. I always thought twins would be fun…….but easier, I’m just not sure.

    • Tessa says:

      Wow, triplets! Are they identical? I’ve always been fascinated by twins. That would be very difficult and rewarding. Twins, mulitiples, use to be so rare, but now with fertility treatments and multiples left and right, I expect Ben’s classrooms to have many twins, ect. 3 baby diapers at once-no thank you!! lol

  2. SKL says:

    Well, I’ve never tried parenting just one. Once in a blue moon, I have just one daughter with me, and it really is a breeze and it’s nice to get some true one-on-one quality time. But most of the time, the girls are together and they keep each other pretty well engaged.

    Personally, I think multiple kids are easier in the long run, for several reasons. They always have someone to be childish with. They don’t need constant attention from the parent(s). They never suffer under the illusion that the world revolves around them. They develop social coping and teamwork skills early on. They give each other a lot of comfort as well as entertainment. They learn early that everyone’s different. They can share a lot of stuff, which saves money. There is safety in numbers, so you can give them a little more freedom at a younger age. They motivate each other to learn and grow. And there are few things more enjoyable than listening to a “serious” conversation between two three-year-olds!

    But I must say, when they are very small, multiples are NOT easier. I still have memories of the dread of having to take two non-walking babies out into a blizzard to buy a gallon of milk. And if they hadn’t cooperated about getting on the same schedule and sleeping through the night, I might have dropped dead long ago.

  3. mssc54 says:

    Single children are impossible to parent. They think they know everything. However, once they have been married a few years they realize that mom and dad weren’t so stupid after all. 🙂

  4. Sue says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had just one child, but I enjoy having two. Like SKL said, they entertain each other and that can be very helpful! But, that being said, sometimes it’s easier having one!

  5. Just a Mom says:

    Hmm this is a tough one! I think it is easier with more than one. The youngest one seems to grow up a little bit more on their own by seeing what happens to the older one.
    The hard part is being the ref between the two when they fight!

  6. Nikki says:

    I wouldn’t know, I have only one. Somedays I think I would have liked to have another, and wished I had. But most days I am thankful I didn’t. I really enjoy having one. I also like being surrounded by little kids, I do however like when they go home too! 🙂

  7. kweenmama says:

    I don’t know the answer, but I DO know that I enjoy parenting all of the kids we have!

  8. Tessa says:

    I was just thinking about this the other day and talking to Eric about it! I was thinking how having an only child must actually be really hard, because an only child wants ALL your attention and has no one else to play with at home but you. Multiple kids- the older ones can help out and they can all play together, help take care of each other. I definitely hope to have a big family, even if I have to adopt. I give high props to those with an only child-especially Nikki who also takes care of other kids too.

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