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Why have children?

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Bill White

posted December 21, 2007 at 12:15 am

O for the day they’re big enough to mow the yard!

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John Foster

posted December 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

Don’t get your hopes up. I have 6 children, ages 30-18, and I still shovel the snow and mow the lawn.
Although maybe not all the time now.

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posted December 21, 2007 at 10:45 am

Thirteen-year-old daughter: “You just had all these kids* so we’d do all your work for you!”
Me: “What’s your point?”

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posted December 21, 2007 at 10:50 am

My experience with three has been that as soon as they are big enough to mow the lawn, they are no longer interested in doing so.

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John E

posted December 21, 2007 at 11:06 am

My 4-yo son actually likes to “help” wash the dishes. Here’s hoping he’ll still want to when I can finally change “help” to help.

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Patricia Gonzalez

posted December 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm

God bless him — he is such a cutie! I remember when my now grown sons were doing that — now, one is living on his own, and the one who lives here shovels snow (for pay) at other peoples’ houses — go figure!! Just the same, when they’re around, they will help if asked (i.e., bribed with something, like Christmas cookies this time of the year). However, I have no doubt that in a real crisis, they would be there in a flash. After all, family is family!

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posted December 21, 2007 at 12:21 pm

My 4-yo son actually likes to “help” wash the dishes. Here’s hoping he’ll still want to when I can finally change “help” to help.
Ha! My 3-year-old daughter likes to “help” with the dishes too. It usually involves filling various containers with water and dumping them out at inopportune times. I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t be too hard to convince her how much “fun” it is to wash the dishes, in a Tom Sawyer-like way.

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posted December 21, 2007 at 1:36 pm

The shortest distance to God was through my children.

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posted December 21, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Our kids vacuum most of the house, empty the dishwasher, do the laundry and one even wants to help change diapers. The oldest is eight.

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posted December 21, 2007 at 6:16 pm

cute :)

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Jacqueline Y.

posted December 21, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Precious picture! A word of caution, though. When my 2 oldest (now grown) were little, the 4 year old accidentally got hit in the eye by the 6 year old with one of those kiddie snow shovels, and sustained a corneal abrasion. It healed fine, but boy was it scary. It could have been worse.

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posted December 21, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Hehe…we live ina complex, so we don’t have to worry even about our little one helping when he gets old enough. 😛

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Old Zhou

posted December 21, 2007 at 8:27 pm

That is not a staff. That is a shovel.
And where is Master I-Sword-You?

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Jeremy Lott

posted December 21, 2007 at 9:08 pm

“Continue reading” is two words.
Tell WordPress

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posted December 21, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Wow do I remember the days of Minnesota winter snows and all the shoveling my brothers had to do… sis and I pretty much got out of all of that stuff!!! Then just when my brothers got old enough to move out on their own so dad would have to shovel on his own he bought…you guessed it….a snow blower…lol. Now we all live in sunny Arizona with no snow. The only downfall is there is no white Christmas either. I miss that and I have missed sharing that with my own kids. But I only miss it for that short bit of time around the holidays and then I don’t miss it anymore. Great picture!

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posted December 21, 2007 at 9:54 pm

That is adorable! And hilarious. :)

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posted December 22, 2007 at 4:22 am

I hope as I continue to get older my daughter will continue to pass along her enthusiasm for life to me and hopefully her children will continue to pass forward the enthusiams of their lives, the amazement of the newness, the beauty and wonder.
I think that is why we have kids….they keep us young and help us not to forget……….

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posted December 22, 2007 at 10:28 am

My son loves to shovel snow, do dishes and vacuum.
… Now if I could just get him to put the snow in the yard and not on the car, get more water in the sink then out, and pick up all the little stuff before he sucks it up.

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posted December 22, 2007 at 10:39 am

Amy, you ask the question “Why have children?” The above answers are all very nice and full of warm fuzzies. However, the correct answer is simply found in what our Heavenly Father said–“Be fruitful and multiply.”
Christmas peace and joy to all!
It was a joke

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posted December 22, 2007 at 1:27 pm

The family grew up in the towns just south of Buffalo N.Y., where they really get the snow it’s said that Buffalo gets.
My dad had five boys.
My theory is that he had them for the reasons stated explicitly in the 1000 word argument stated in the text of this blog entry.

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posted December 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Well, I am 43 and I have twelve, ranging in age from 21 to two at 20 months. Frankly, somedays I ask that question or more specifically why did I have all of these children? The answer is not to keep my sexy figure, all my thick brown hair, minimize dark circles under my eyes or to hone my ability to think coherently for long periods of time- like, more than two minutes consecutively. None of them look like me and somedays I am sure they are someone else’s kids altogether- (gasp! my children surely would not act like that, especially not in public!) SO why have so many children, if any? Not because they do funny things and have brilliant moments or because the purest joy in life comes from being with your family in love and the more there are the more there is; but mostly because this is the only thing you can do with your body and your life that lasts forever. SO why not have one more baby?

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Awesome Mom

posted December 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Exactly!! I make my two year old help with the laundry.

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Kalynne Pudner

posted December 27, 2007 at 12:24 pm

The middle of my nine (aged 13) has lately insisted on a similar answer: “Indentured servants.” To which her 17-year old brother, anxious to show that he is smarter as well as older, responds, “Yeah. That’s why they make us wear braces. So we can do more work for them.”

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