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Sonoma County, CA. ~ To say: “Before I had kids I was a behaviorist,” that would be an exaggeration. But it would be safe to say that before I witnessed the birth of my children, I


we were all pretty much born the same. I can

remem - ber, before even the thought of having children occurred in my life, that

I said to my wife, “If you’re ever pregnant I’m going to be the old fashion type of

Same Parents, Different Kids by Gabriel A. Fraire ~

dad and sit in the waiting room drinking coffee.” Being in the birthing room, seeing my children born, I can say from the depth of my heart, any father choosing not to be there is missing a won- derful experi- ence. It

was while watching my second child’s birth that I threw away any behaviorist theories I had. Two daugh- ters, same par- ents, they just popped out dif-

ferent. Our first child was all muscles, appeared to come out in an upright po-

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sition in something similar to a martial arts stance— wired and ready. Our second child slipped out. I saw this dark black thing come pushing through. It turned out to be her head and then the rest of her just followed. Pudgy, tiny, relaxed. It isn’t just their physical appearance that differs so greatly, or the manner in which they were born but their personalities. . . It was the same parents pretty much doing the same thing and these two different babies are born. And as they grow they continue to show and de- velop their differences. Environment must have

some influence on children but our two kids just came out different from the start.

The following is an excerpt from the book:


Daddy I Need to Go Potty by Gabriel A. Fraire, available at and

“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to

be young.” J.K. Rowling


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