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19 December 2004

Parenthood is not a bundle of laughs:

Everyone I know who has children and is aged between 30 and 45 is knackered . . . all the time&8230;Not just a bit tired, not merely wanting a little lie down, but comprehensively, totally exhausted.

Says India Knight.

I’m sure our parents’ generation weren’t this exhausted. Certainly, they managed to do things my generation simply hasn’t the strength to do, such as go to the theatre or hold intelligent conversations after 11pm (the only people I know who can talk after 11pm are single, on drugs, or both).

But why?

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  1. I think people nowadays just whinge more, whereas older generations just got on with things. I said to my friend (29 years old) last night, about the fact that the only thing I’m not looking forward to with a baby is waking up so early, that she seems to cope with the crack-of-dawn waking hours extraordinarily well. She certainly never complains about it. “Oh, no,” she replied, “I wake up knackered every morning. But it’s not as if I didn’t expect that.”

    Posted by Jackie on 20 December 2004 at 02:56am

  2. Jackie is right, but that’s pretty much what India Knight concludes in the article anyway - exhaustedness now is a bit of a status symbol in our blurry work-life world. We Brits love to moan, it’s just another thing to add to the list.

    Posted by Andrew on 20 December 2004 at 06:38pm

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