Then the babies become toddlers and you think that finally you'll be able to really spend some time in your neglected perennial beds but you find yourself chasing the kid around the house or fixing this or that toy. And they still demand food, drinks and a change of clothes after playing with your garden hose.
And with older kids you are picking baseballs out of your tomato plants, lamenting the crushing of a prized columbine from a wayward soccer ball and finding bike tracks crossing the border of daffodils.
But the kids love to help plant seeds and pick tomatoes and they bring you bouquets of dandelions. So, I guess they're worth it.