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She Wants Another Baby, but He Doesn’t

Dear Mr. Dad. We have an almost two-year old who keeps us pretty busy. Recently, though, my wife has been talking about having a second child. I’m honestly not that thrilled about the idea. We barely have enough time to take care of ourselves and our baby. How are we supposed to add a fourth person to our family?

A: For a lot of couples, the question about whether to have another child isn’t really a question; it’s a given. For others, though, the issue is more complicated. And most of the problems have to do with exactly what you’re going through: one spouse wants a second (or third) child while the other isn’t nearly as excited about the idea. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution to this problem.

The issue of time, as you mention, is a common concern of prospective second-time parents. Chances are, though, that there are a number of things you can do to free up some time. For example, you could hire someone to clean your house and prepare a week’s worth of dinners. That might give you only an extra 15 or 20 minutes per night, but over time, it could make a big difference. But time isn’t usually the only thing couples worry about.

Making a list of other factors can help put things into perspective for you. Here are a few items to address:

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Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.

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