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Are Parents Entitled to Quarter, Third, or Midlife Crises?

Jun 25 2009 - 12:02pm

Everyone likes their freedom and moms and dads are no different, but once you make the decision to have a child is it ever appropriate to act like one? Life's milestones — turning 25, 30, or 50, braving marriage, starting a family, or changing careers — affect people differently. Some adapt and excel to their situations while others get the urge to break free.

The big announcement episode [1] of Jon and Kate Plus 8 [2] featured the 32-year-old father of eight sporting diamond earrings and a rather upbeat attitude toward the next chapter of his life. The soon-to-be divorced daddy who we used to watch change diapers and corral his kids, has been spotted smoking [3], hanging out at rural nightclubs with 20-somethings, and looking for a pricey bachelor pad in NYC as of late.

While Jon Gosselin [4] is just one example (and not to say his actions are adversely affecting his children), do you think parents have a right to indulge in extended periods of "me time" while they are raising kids?

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