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Ask Marilyn: When You're Twice As Old As Your Child

Kelly Buch of Darien, Connecticut, writes:

Marilyn: I read the question regarding being twice as old as your child. (November 4, 2012) The question was, "There is only one time in your life when you're twice as old as your child. When is that?" Your response was, "When the child reaches the age you were when he or she was born." Actually, there are two different times in your life when you're are twice as old as your child, if you round to the year.

Here's an illustration: I was born the day before my mother's birthday. She was 28 then and turned 29 the next day. In four years, I will turn 28. On my birthday, my mom will be 56—twice as old as me. The next day, she will turn 57. When I turn 29 the following year, she will still be 57, turning 58 the next day—again twice my age. This will stay true until my next birthday. So there are two time periods during which my mom will be twice as old as I am.

Marilyn responds:


Thank you, Kelly. Readers, it's correct that there's only one time when you're actually twice as old as your child—when the child reaches the exact age you were when he or she was born. But when you round to the year, it happens twice, as Kelly demonstrates. The two periods will always add up to about one year. (I say "about" to forestall getting letters about leap years!)


 
 
 
 
 

 

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