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  • 22 - 26

    14 20.29%
  • 27 - 31

    14 20.29%
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    9 13.04%
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    6 8.70%
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    I was 24.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Do you mean not built for it in an anatomical sense or just in a general demeanor and temperament sense?
    Definitely not the demeanor/temperament sense, which is the the overwhelming reason I won't be having any.

    Incidentally, there is some medical question as to whether I'm built for it physically as well, but I never pursued it -- obviously I couldn't care less.

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

    19 with my first. I thought I was ready. I was a good Mom but not perfect. Who is at 19?

    My second baby came at 31 and my last at 33. I was way more ready for the both of them.
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    I was 32. We got married when I was 30, my first, her second. We only had the one and she had her tubes tied when he was born.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    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.
    No I'm not kidding. She stole it. She's a gearhead and made me promise that if she helped me fix it that she could drive it. I didn't say that she could keep it. I said she could drive it. So I bought a stock clutch and behind my back she took it back and bought a racing clutch for it, which cost a couple hundred dollars more. And we installed it together. Then she pretty much laid claim to the car. And kept it. I said she could drive it, not keep it.

    I finally gave up on trying to convince her to give it back so I told her she could keep it as a Christmas present.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    No I'm not kidding. She stole it. She's a gearhead and made me promise that if she helped me fix it that she could drive it. I didn't say that she could keep it. I said she could drive it. So I bought a stock clutch and behind my back she took it back and bought a racing clutch for it, which cost a couple hundred dollars more. And we installed it together. Then she pretty much laid claim to the car. And kept it. I said she could drive it, not keep it.

    I finally gave up on trying to convince her to give it back so I told her she could keep it as a Christmas present.
    Awwww kids.
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    Re: How old were you when you became a parent?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    Definitely not the demeanor/temperament sense, which is the the overwhelming reason I won't be having any.

    Incidentally, there is some medical question as to whether I'm built for it physically as well, but I never pursued it -- obviously I couldn't care less.
    You seem like a very interesting and complicated person.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    Awwww kids.
    Yes, car thieves are just such cute conniving and manipulative little bundles of joy.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    You seem like a very interesting and complicated person.
    Thanks. This is true, according to most. Although those who know me best understand that I am actually exceedingly simple.

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

    I got pregnant with our first at age 22. Neither one of us were finished with college. We had gotten married before we knew we were pregnant. Eight months and a couple of weeks later we were parents. In those days they didn't know that antibiotics interfered with birth control pills being effective. But we went on until it happened again two years later when we were both surprised to find I was pregnant with our second. One of us had to get their degree so he continued working and going to school while I took care of the kids and started a cake decorating business from our home. It was a success and brought in a lot of needed revenue. When the kids started school I went back to school and ended up managing a chain of beauty salons for years. When the kids got to be teenagers, I found myself in need to be home more than ever. Something about a teen with too much time on their hands with no parental supervision is a bad equation. So I helped out a salon owner in my area when the owner became ill. I was able to make my own hours, still work behind the chair making 65% commission and 15% retail while getting paid for managing the shop which allowed me to make my own hours and be home when I needed to. Heck my tips alone paid for groceries and everything else put the kids through college and paid for weddings. And I loved it! Making an ugly woman transform into something that could turn heads was awesome. From there I started working for a logistic company in HR. Was there for a half dozen years until our parents needed help. Then I quit my job to take care of them. Hubby was successful in his career in communications. We did good. We have two beautiful children, both now raising families and all are functioning well in society. And we have no regrets in taking care of our parents. It pays to put family first.

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