I would say that *both* my kids (dd  & ds ) became easier for me and DH as they got older. For both kids, there was a while when their puberty was starting and they got a bit testy or cranky, but not a big problem. However, the issues seem bigger - choosing educational paths and careers are much bigger deals than things they faced as young children. Also, they have some friends who are dealing with tough issues and problems and they (my kids) have had to learn how to be supportive to their friends in a healthy and helpful way.
Edited by skreader - 11/11/13 at 12:25am