Here’s how it goes in our family. I have 2 or 3 sisters depending on which hand you count with. The scorn of pregnancy out of wedlock in the early ‘60s still echoes through such calculations.
The oldest has been married a couple of times, has no kids and will probably grow old as the clichéd cat lady (not the Halle Berry character).
The next one, 3 years younger than me has a son of 18 healthy years. He was brought up without a father and has grown up fairly normal as far as teenagers go.
I’ve got my 3 scattered from 7 years old through to 13.
My baby sister only met her husband 4 or 5 years ago and started her family 3 years ago. She now the proud owner of a pair of offspring and is deeply entrenched in the crayons and Wiggles phase of parenting.
It’s interesting how parenting perspectives change over time. My youngest at 7 is very mature, very cute and very smart. So smart she makes better decisions than me most of the time.
I got an email from the youngest sister yesterday and it’s bounced back and forth a few times since then. Here’s that exchange showing how parenting perspectives shift:
I was just wondering if anyone is going to the wiggles concert on 19 December. I think I might have to take Miss Chloe and Mr Daniel.
I doubt it. We haven’t watched a wiggles video for 2 or 3 years.
I think your children are deprived!!
Jasmine’s growing up. She prefers movies like Zohan and Hancock.
whatever they might be
Adam Sandler – “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan”. A Palestinian assassin fakes his own death and becomes a hairdresser in America.
Will Smith – “Hancock”. A drunk obnoxious superhero.
don’t sound like movies a young girl should be watching!!
She’s very mature. And smart. With the right upbringing and valid contextual parental explanations it’s fine. And who doesn’t like a good fart joke?
wiggles tickets are booked
There you go. My sister is so deeply entrenched in parenting her children she doesn’t even know who Zohan and Hancock are. It’s a sad world.