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I have a dilemma. I've been with my wife for 6 years now, and we've been married for 4. I have 2 teenage boys and a 14-year-old teenage girl from a previous marriage. My wife has always wanted a child of her own. She's 30. I'm 49. We get along great, but I'm not sure I want another child. There are so many complications for me. First, I don't want to have to put a fourth kid through college, especially when that new baby will be college-age when I'm about 67! Second, this is going to create a lot of problems with my much older children. And third, kids are a lot of work. I'm past that stage in my life. I don't really want to start over with another family. So far, I've been putting it off, but it's more than that. I really don't want another kid and I don't know how to tell her. You'll probably say I should have talked to her about it before we were married. I did, she knew it, but now she wants to revisit that. What do I do? I love my wife and would not want to lose her over this, but I also can't afford another child at this point in my life. Any ideas?
I'm Too Dang Old For This
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