View Poll Results: What is your favorite age to parent?
Baby 0-1 35 26.92%
Toddler 1-3 48 36.92%
Pre-K 3-5 20 15.38%
Early school years 5-9 16 12.31%
Pre-teen 9-12 0 0%
Early teen 13-15 1 0.77%
Later teen 16-18 0 0%
Adult 19+ 1 0.77%
Other 9 6.92%
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #31
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Re: What has your favorite age to parent been?

There are pros & cons to each stage (and of course it varies based on the kid), but I love 4-12 months. They can play and learn new things, but they aren't naughty yet!

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Old 03-17-2013, 02:14 PM   #32
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DS1 is 21m and DS2 is 6m. I LOVE the toddler stage. We're in the middle of control battles (I guess terrible two's?) And I still adore it. I'm amazed at how smart my son can be, good and bad, every single day.

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I love early elementary. Violin lessons, soccer, camping, independence, reading--I love being able to pick up and go, and have a reasonably intelligent conversation.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #34
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I love them all (in my kids). I love the squishy newborn stage where they snuggle in and need you for everything. I love watching them learn all their first as they age (sitting, walking, etc). The toddler stage is fun to really watch their personalities appear (and at times extremely frustrating). Then they start school and you watch the wonder as they learn new stuff and master new skills and gain a new kind of independence. My oldest is 8 so I can't speak much beyond that right now. But so many times I've said to myself 'I can't love any stage better than this' and I find myself enjoying the next stage just as much. I love watching life unfold in my kids eyes.

Now in kids not my own - give me a baby under the age of one any day. I have much less patience for others toddlers than I do my own and have a tendoncy to not find their antics all that amusing.
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I wish I could have 2 votes! I love the 6mos to 18mos time frame the very best but that's 2 categories on here so I went with 0-1 since I had to choose. I love the newborn stage and the immobile stage a lot but I also absolutely love when they develop a personality and start learning what things are. I don't so much like the temper and energy level after 1! Haha!
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I'm going to say early 30s were best for me. I wasn't as naive as I was in my 20s and I had enough life experience to feel confident. As I get older, I find I lack the energy and patience I enjoyed then.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #37
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Tough question. Dd seemed to get easier and easier the older she got. She is 5 now and starting around 4 I started really loving it. With ds he was an easier baby and now has entered the terrible twos so for him I loved 0-22 months. Dd2 is only 1 month amd the easiest baby yet so I'm loving newborn age.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:25 PM   #38
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Young school age. 5 to 10ish. They can do many of the basics for themselves, like make a sandwich or brush their teeth, but still young enough that mommy is still cool.
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I'm going to say early 30s were best for me. I wasn't as naive as I was in my 20s and I had enough life experience to feel confident. As I get older, I find I lack the energy and patience I enjoyed then.
I read this and thought, "There is NO way she has a 30yr old!" And then I got it hahaha

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #40
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Oh man, that's tough. I think 9-18 months is the sweetest, they are just endearing and not quite as challenging yet, just becoming mobile, etc. There are wonderful things about each stage/age, but DD is almost 8 months old and she's getting to be so much fun. It's bringing back a lot of memories from when my son was that age. He'll be 3 this summer, and he's so smart and funny, and the good stuff is so amazing... but wow, he can be really challenging for me sometimes! So this age is both fun and stressful. ;$
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