Fam­ily life has changed

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

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.

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