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    9 13.04%
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Thanks and the doc was male. I am trying a new approach in my violent tendencies. . Both want to be enlisted, but due to my daughters back surgery (fusion) the military considers her "disabled" even though she can do everything. I guess having titanium rods, screws and pins in your back disqualifies you from serving.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah... a kinder gentler TGND... (ya ain't fooling anyone )

    I'd recommend going for Officer if he really wants to serve, I'd think less of him but he will enjoy the experience MUCH better.

    Now yes they do see a back put together like a high dollar tinker toy as unfit for service- though the many 'civilians who have learned to salute' jobs in the military should be open to her... but that is 'military intelligence' for ya.

    Anyhow if she REALLY wants to serve there is another avenue open- the much reviled Civil Service sector. Those overpaid and under worked GS's who support the military. An old GF is one and she gets to travel the world, working on military bases. They do everything from administrative to translators- a former tacti-cool student learned arabic and the alphabet agencies lined up to court him- the big dummy enlisted in the National Guard for OCS and be a 'Military Intelligence' guy.

    Anywho, where there is a will there is a way. She doesn't need to dress up in gawd awful clothes to get a good defense job with bennies. I'm amazed the number of civilians who work side by side the military folks as contractors or GS...

    Best of luck

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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    When I was 22 (April) my son was born in November 1975. I was 26 and my daughter was born in May 1978.

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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I wanted to throat punch that fertility doctor, but I guess that's why they call it practicing medicine.
    That reminds me of what happened to a friend of mine. The doc said she was infertile. She went months while she was pregnant doing a lot of things that pregnant women ought not to do before she knew she was pregnant. Smoking, drinking, drugs.

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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    I was 29 and 31 when my kids were born. Got 'em out of the way pretty early on and I feel like I'm not old enough to have a 17 year old daughter.
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    How old were you when you first became a parent?

    Me, I was 18.
    Wow, too young?
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    I'm childfree. Unplugged the plumbing when I was 23, and I'll be turning 25 in a couple months here. No regrets.

    I just don't have much tolerance for them and they don't fit anywhere in my life plan. The ultimate symbol of my love is that, for my very closest friend, I would be willing to babysit her eventual child at my place if there was absolutely no one else available to do so. It helps that I know she'll be on them like white on rice and I can expect decent behavior.

    I just am not built for it. Whatever wire it is that makes people tolerate the foibles of children, I don't have it.

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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    Wow, too young?
    Too young? I don't think so. I didn't know it at the time but I was up to the challenge. I was 17 when she got pregnant and think that it really changed me. It changed me because this new challenge of being a father made me mature very quickly. Soon I had a child to raise on my own. I think I did a pretty good job even though I did raise a car thief. (my first daughter stole my 1987 VW Scirocco and wouldn't give it back)
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    just shy of 33
    and still thought i was not yet ready
    i was right
    Nobody is ready for what it takes... it is a learn on the job type of thing.

    I was 31 for my first and 33 for the second. I give my ex most of the credit for the delivery.
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Too young? I don't think so. I didn't know it at the time but I was up to the challenge. I was 17 when she got pregnant and think that it really changed me. It changed me because this new challenge of being a father made me mature very quickly. Soon I had a child to raise on my own. I think I did a pretty good job even though I did raise a car thief. (my first daughter stole my 1987 VW Scirocco and wouldn't give it back)
    I was 30. I had a pretty wild life at the time and never thought of myself as a mom. Turned out to be the absolute best thing that ever could have happened to me and nothing as ever been more difficult to do.

    I think it's rare for someone that young (you being 18) to end up feeling it was a good thing. So kudos to you for rising to the occasion.

    I'm gonna guess you were kidding about the car thing.
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    I just am not built for it. Whatever wire it is that makes people tolerate the foibles of children, I don't have it.
    Do you mean not built for it in an anatomical sense or just in a general demeanor and temperament sense?

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