What are the proper/good words would I say to refer to when my children are still kids? Context: my children are now adults, how do I say when I recall back when they are younger, when they are still kids?

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    When they were
    – Jim
    Nov 20, 2021 at 5:54
  • When my children were kids/younger, perhaps?
    – epan
    Nov 20, 2021 at 7:04
  • Kids is a slang term for children (in the 'young people' sense). As you are talking about your adult children, you could say "When my children were young/younger/small" or (depending on what family you have) "When the boys/girls/Jane and John were kids/children". Nov 20, 2021 at 14:04
  • Turning it around: "Before my children grew up, ..." Nov 20, 2021 at 16:29
  • Or, "When my children were small", or be more specific about their age, like, "When my children were in diapers/still toddlers/not yet interested in dating/..."
    – gotube
    Nov 20, 2021 at 18:24

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Using "When my children were young" would be accurate in your case I believe. I might be wrong, but pretty sure about the use of 'were'. The word 'Children' is the plural of 'child'.

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