You hit on something that I've often considered. I am terrible when I'm sick. I realize that most people aren't fun to be around when they're sick, but I truly feel like I'm entirely immobile. My wife gets this and knows how to manage me. I'm a bit worried when kids pop into the picture and I imagine a scene where I'm attempting to care for children while I'm sick. I may be a bit self-centered in this respect. My wife and I were sick at the same time last year for the first time that I remember. It was the coldest week of the winter and I can remember having to take the dog out for walks. He tolerated our illness and understood to a degree, but it still haunts me. << Definitely some room to improve in this aspect of my life. As far as not liking others' children, I can't really defend it. I tolerate them and I know two kids whose company I do enjoy, though they're 13 and 15 by now. I have to say that being around teenagers makes me feel both old and guilty. Old as their thoughts/ideas remind me of how I was and guilty for putting my parents through the hell of teenage years. I can say that I have a huge amount of respect for polite children. Whenever a child says something nice or behaves well in public, I want to shower the parents with gifts. I understand how hard it must be to instill these behaviors in children/teenagers and I can say that from my point of view, the payoff is huge!