Family life has changed
40, associate professor of biology at Wuhan University
After receiving our doctorates in biology, my husband and I traveled to the United States for further study, and we had our first son there in 2007. Our second son was born in 2011 after we returned to take up teaching jobs atWuhan University.
The arrival of our second boy changed the atmosphere in the family. The burden on both parents and children has become lighter, because the attention is no longer focused on just one child.
The biggest change for me is that I amnot as anxious as before. I amnot saying that raising two children is easier, though. The experience we gained from raising our older son is helpful, but we still encounter newproblems with the younger one. Also, the two boys are different from each other in many ways, and we have to raise and educate them differently.
Right now, our brief, happy moments are the times when the boys don’t fight and just enjoy each other’s company. At other times, we just carry on with a smile.
Du Runlei spoke with Liu Kun.