“While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.”

Angela Schwindt

When I was in graduate school at Columbia in my late 20s, I took a bunch of feminism courses and was a research assistant for a feminist  studies professor.  I smile about this time in my life now, because I did not have children, nor did the feminism Professor.

There were all these theories about men and women, girls and boys. Great theories!

Then I had children.

Two girls and three boys.  Spending day in and day out with these kiddos for the last 17 years has been a real education. As I say again and again, they are my biggest teachers.

One thing that was surprising to me was how different they were from birth. Five totally different personalities, even though they all had exactly the same “nurture” from Philippe and me (nature versus nurture?). The twins the most so since they have slept, eaten and played together since birth.  I nursed all of my kids for two years, but the twins nursed, slept and played at the exact same time for the last 4 1/2 years.

So all five of my kids are so different, but even more astonishing to me are the gender differences.  I joke to my single girlfriends, “Had I raised three boys before dating, I would have approached it very differently. I would not have analyzed – at all! It’s pretty simple with these guys –what they want.”

I will just leave it at that because I can already feel the hate mail coming in ha ha.

Have the best day ever!


Taylor plus 5