Apr 21, 2014

Why Having Kids Close Together in Age is Awesome

My husband and I both come from families with three kids which makes it a perfect fit for us to have three kids. Unlike our parents, we had our kids very close together, they are a whopping 21 months apart. Now I wouldn't have it any other way but there are some unique aspects of parenting 3 young children at the same time that just suck. There is no nice way to put it. There are also plenty of reasons why parenting multiple small children at the same time is awesome! If you have multiple small children, you just might relate to these truths.

No need for playdates. Don't get me wrong, I love getting out of the house and meeting up with friends but my kids don't need it. They have built in playmates and they are never bored. I'm almost afraid to type out these words but my kids have never said "I'm bored." Why would they when there is a sibling handy to create a new game or build a train out of Legos. This is my favorite part about my kids being so close in age.

Can you say hand me downs? My daughters are currently one size apart. This means clothes typically move from Isabella's side of the closet to Molly's side. I'm convinced that if my kids wear clothes one year apart they won't go out of style and Molly will always want to wear her clothes. I hated getting my sister's clothes 4 years later since they were no longer cool.

No leftovers! Unless I plan for leftovers and put them in the fridge before we set down to eat there is no leftover food. I have no idea how I'm going to feed these kids where they're teenagers at the rate they eat now. I also almost never throw away spoiled food. Seriously my kids are little garbage disposals, they are eating me out of house and home.

Same Interests. I love that my kids are into the same things! Everyone likes Paw Patrol, The Pioneer Woman and playing with the same toys which makes life easier on mama. It's really nice having their skill levels close together so they can do the same crafts and activities. I never hear that something is for babies or this is too hard for me unlike my friends with kids far apart in age.

Everyone Naps! My oldest napped until she went to Kindergarten. Now she has quiet time while the twins nap, but everyone is in bed for a few hours. Do you know how awesome that time is for a work at home mom? I'm so glad my kids are close enough in age to stay in the nap stage together. I know my nap days are numbered with my twins being 4 1/2 so I'm enjoying every minute of them!

Sometimes I find them together! 

Someone always has your back. This one applies to the kids not to parents. If you pick on one of my kids, be prepared to face one if not both of their siblings. They will not tolerate you picking on their sibling, that's an in-house job.

These two are fiercely protective of each other!

My Kids Are Friends. I was so far apart in age with my siblings that I never got to be friends with them until adulthood. But my kids are the best of friends most of the time, they are human after all! The three of them play together really well and they refer to each other as friends. It's really sweet for me to watch them love on each other.

There are times when parenting three kids close in age is tough but I really wouldn't have it any other way! I just love these three little miracles and I feel very blessed being their mama. It will be fun watching them navigate life together with siblings who are friends that always have your back.

Do you have kids close together is age? What is your favorite part about the spacing of your kids?

Chronicles Of A Cold Texan


  1. LOVE this post!! How cute are they! I love all the reasons you pointed out. They will be life long friends and that is perfect! Thanks for posting on the FaceBook Group 5 page :)
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  2. Wonderful post, and I love the pics! Your kids are so cute! I was very close in age with my little sister and I agree with you, having a sibling close to your age is a treasure to have for all of your life. I'm just sad that I could not give the same gift to my son.

  3. My daughter is almost 4 and my son is 8 months...and we are TTC right now. I'd love to have 2 close in age!

    1. Good luck to you! Your two kids now are pretty close in age but I know the desire to have kids close in age well.

  4. You are so right! My 2 kids are 18 months apart, with my youngest only 4 months, and they are already best friends. Big brother loves to make his sister giggle :)

    1. Oh that makes me miss the days when my kids were little. I loved watching Isabella make the twins laugh. It is so cute!

  5. I totally agree! I have 5 kids and I had them in "batches" The first 3 are all 18 months apart and now 11,9,7 and my babies are also 18 months apart. (almost 3 and 18 months) it's the perfect space between them!

    1. I love that you refer to them in batches. That's a perfect way to describe it. You have the best of both worlds. Kids close in age and older kids to help out.


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