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BRENDA at za.ac.uovs.wwg3 BRENDA at za.ac.uovs.wwg3
Thu Aug 26 10:22:05 EST 1993

I agree whole heartedly with the two postings that there is no good
time to have kids just too many good reasons not to have any.  The
other problem is that planning exactly when to fall pregnant isn't
all that predictable.  So if you really think you want to have them
do it!  I registered for my PhD when I was six months pregnant with
my first (and the pregnancy was planned as well as these things can
be).  I graduated when I was six months pregnant with my second child
(also a planned pregnancy).
The one comment I would like to share with all the younger or
childless women/men out there who want to have kids is that the
pregnancy and baby stage is in actual fact not so bad.  The real
problems only start when the kids get older.  For starters they have
their own social life and needs.  This tends to interfer with their
parents.  Their schooling becomes a major problem.  When your child
has problems at school the first thing teachers tend to do is send
home extra work to do at home with "Mommy".  My frustration is when?
What I'm trying to say is that the bigger children get the bigger the
problems are and the harder one has to juggle.
Is it all worth it?  For me anyway it has been.

Brenda Wingfield
Brenda at uovs.ac.za

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