Are You Ready For Another Kid?

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Another perk of having children close together in age is that they can be company for one another. They're natural playmates that can occupy themselves while you have some moments of relaxation. Remember, though, that having children who are close in age doesn't guarantee they'll get along perfectly when they're children or that they'll be friends as adults. There are also plenty of advantages to having children farther apart in age. When you wait several years between children, it allows you to pay more focused attention to each child during the formative years. You can give your attention to each child's social, emotional, and intellectual development at the time when it really counts.

Spacing your kids farther apart also allows you to enjoy the freedom of having only one very young child at a time. The baby and toddler stages usually demand the most attention and work from parents, so if you don't like a lot of noise and chaos in your home, waiting a longer period between kids might be right for you.

There are quite a few other factors to take into consideration when deciding whether you're ready for another child.