Dear Abby: I am a 38-year-old woman who has been dating a 41-year-old man for seven months. He’s wonderful and treats me magnificently. We have similar values and interests and are very much in love.
Sadly, although I have always wanted children, he does not. At my age, I have dated enough men to know that I have found someone special. I realize my choice is either to stay in a relationship with a fabulous partner, knowing we won’t have children, or end it, hoping I’ll find someone just as wonderful who wants kids. Your advice in making the hardest decision of my life would be greatly appreciated.
– Maternal in New York
Dear Maternal: I’ll try. Many women in their late 30s find that conceiving a child is complicated, and it can also take longer than they thought. It has taken you 38 years to find this exceptional man, and it could take quite a bit of time to find another one who is so compatible.
Look at it this way: If you married “Mr. Wonderful” and learned afterward that he couldn’t father a child, would you leave him? Insist on adopting? Or would you count the many blessings you do have with him and stay? Many women are happily childless. However, if you’re not one of them, you should take your chances and move on – remembering that there are no guarantees.
Read to your children
Dear Readers: Years ago, a young mother in Arlington, Va., wrote my mother about a book she had received that promised to help parents prepare their children for school by expanding their vocabulary. The “secret”? Reading to them while they are small. Children learn words by hearing them spoken in context – the more they hear, the more they absorb. Like everything else, reading is something people will do more of if they enjoy it. When a parent reads to a child, the child associates reading with pleasure. “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease became a huge best-seller when it was published. Penguin Books called it one of the 75 most important books it has published in its history.
The book is now in its seventh – and LAST – edition and has been completely revised and updated. If you’re a parent who wants your child to succeed, a grandparent, or someone contemplating becoming a parent in the future, pick up a copy.
The first half is filled with the latest research on the importance of literacy for children’s success; the rest lists book titles and ages of the youngsters for which they’re intended. To learn more about the author, visit www.trelease-on-reading.com. To order the book, go to www.penguin.com.
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