Parenting: The Good and The Bad

Now, before you shoot me down to flames for writing this from the perspective of an adult who never had children, know this: I really, really wanted to have kids. My husband and I went broke trying to have them. At last count, we miscarried eight times and tragically never got to welcome any of our children into this world.

With that behind us, we always talked about how we would parent our children. My husband, Mike, came from a large Irish family of six kids with young parents barely out of their teens when the first was born. I was an only child of older, overprotective parents from the U.K. and Asia who never really wanted kids in the first place.