Maybe Grandkids, Nieces Or Nephews?
It must take quite a while to get over being a parent yourself. Our kids are now passing through the teenage years and at odd times I find myself thinking whistfully about the babies we will now never have. For some time though I was quite happy to put small children well behind me - it was such a relief having kids that could toilet, dress themselves, and eat autonomously!
Tonight I visited a friend who had young kids - 4 and below. I played a bit, and read stories, and enjoyed it immensely. The experience made me think forward. I've got all this to look forward to again - as an uncle, and as a grandparent (I hope, just not too soon. Young Miss Blake and Masters Blake, no reproducing till after Uni please...).
Bring it on! The fun and satisfaction of children without the responsibility and tiredness. I can see the attraction...