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Poll Results: What age range is hardest for you?

  246 (48%)
Baby 4-6 months
  30 (5%)
Baby 7-9 months
  17 (3%)
Baby 10-12 months
  10 (1%)
Pre-Toddler (12-18 months)
  30 (5%)
Toddler 18-24 months
  26 (5%)
2 year old
  39 (7%)
3 year old
  18 (3%)
4 year old
  5 (0%)
5 year old or older
  3 (0%)
Don't know yet!
  85 (16%

Total of 509 votes


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Kimber said...

I bet most of us reading this blog don't have preteens or teenagers yet, but I still think that at that point I will think the newborn stage was the most exhausting! I guess time will tell! :)

Linds said...

I'm pretty sure all of the people who responded to this only have 1 child. haha! The two year old phase is KILLING me. I'd take a newborn over a 2 year old ANY day!

liz22 said...

I have a newborn and a 2.5 yo....My 2.5 yo is a breeze compared to the newborn!! Can't wait for this stage to be over......

January said...

I kind of think it has a lot to do with personality and previous experience. Since most families are separated (as in kids get married and move out and many times away) these days we don't often help rear up our neices and nephews the way people used to, and so we often have little (if any) experience with newborns (which is why I think that is the biggest section of votes). It's all new. All overwhelming. And it all seems so terribly "vital". Actions we make on a newborns behalf can be very critical for their health and so the pressure is much higher than the pressure, say, of helping a kid potty train (that's enormously frustrating)!

And with personalities, some people are "into" the baby phase of holding and pacifiers and baby powder smelling lotions (I'm not one of those people), some are into the kid phase of play and adventure, some are into being able to have a mature conversation with their kids, etc. All other "stages" might be boring, annoying, frustrating, or simply exhausting to you if that isn't the stage you're particularly "into".

Plowmanators said...

Linds, I would take a two year old over a newborn any day!

Plowmanators said...

I think you have excellent points January!