Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Raising two kids

As you can probably tell from my lack of posting here - I'm having a good time being Abbie's buddy these days. I've also learned a couple of things. First of all, raising two kids is easy. You just have to give up any notion of wanting to do anything for yourself. Secondly, we had a "turn off the TV week" here and Abbie didn't even notice. She's usually a huge Elmo fan - so I was a little worried. However, she only asks for Elmo when the TV is on. Kids are actually a fair bit easier to manage when there is no TV. This goes back to point #1. If you concentrate on the kids and not on yourself, it's pretty easy work. Exhausting, but easy. Chances are you won't ever regret it. That's it - we're off to Gymboree and then to the airport to pick up "Mimi" and "Baba" (my parents).

Posted in General at Sep 11 2004, 08:55:22 AM MDT 4 Comments
Comments:

Matt, I cannot agree more with you. Just focus on the kids! Of course, when the kids and their mother are sleeping, you have some time to do something for yourself. Of course, this is also at times when most other people also sleep :) Which is where being able to live on about 4-5 hours of sleep per day helps a lot! Hav ea nice time with your parents and family!

Posted by Jakko Vos on September 11, 2004 at 02:56 PM MDT #

Hey Matt, I have always envied your ability to be so prolific and yet devote time to your family and yourself. Keep it up, man! You're doing good stuff!--johnt

Posted by John Tangney on September 13, 2004 at 03:22 PM MDT #

You nailed it - it's easy to raise two kids if you don't try to do *anything* for yourself. Forgot all that nonsense about eating, showering (any bathroom related activity for that matter), reading the newpaper, talking on the phone, etc. Tell your parents I say hello.

Posted by Bruce Snyder on September 14, 2004 at 09:50 AM MDT #

Dead right! A couple of days ago I was talking to a 40 year old first-time-soon-to-be-dad who is mad on sailing. He was trying to talk his wife into letting him buy a bigger dingy so that he could take the baby out to the yacht! I did not have the courage to suggest that the combination of boating and babies was going to be stressful. I enjoy spending time with our three toddlers because I don't try to go gliding or read news papers any more. Top tip: Build a princess's castle from cardboard. You still get to think about components and design and the kids get, err, a castle.

Posted by Guy Roberts on October 13, 2004 at 10:20 AM MDT #

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