Kender follow the same guidelines of most of the demi-human races on giving
birth. The pregnancy lasts for 9 months and they normally have one child at
a time. Twins are rare, but not unheard of in kender. Kender tend to have a
relatively easy time giving birth, scholars speculate this is because kender
in general have such a high rate of mortality once they reach the age of wanderlust.
(It’s a widely known fact that trying to see who can out run a dragon is not
conductive to a long life, but it can be very exciting!)
The average kender family is between 3-5 children with a mother and father.
Kender raised as only children tend to develop wanderlust earlier and remain
under its influence longer than other kender. This is due to the fact that as
the kender had no siblings, he or she tries to make up for the long lost relationship
with travelling companions.
Kender that become pregnant during wanderlust will usually settle down during
the 6th or 7th month. This depends of course on their proximity to a settlement
or village. The wise kender will wander back to kender civilization and their
family if they are able. Thus we find that many kender born during wanderlust
are often born in Inns and minor villages on the outskirts of (miles away from)
kender settlements. Kender mothers have been known to actually curb their curiosity
if it comes to a situation that may endanger the life of their unborn child.
Somehow the horde of ogres that have camped just over the next rise are not
as exciting when they may cause harm to the kender's child.
Kender newborns weigh 3-5 pounds and vary in length from 12-15 inches long.
They usually have a full head of hair and their ears are extended, but do not
yet have the pointed tip. The pointed tip of the ears develops over the next
couple years and is fully developed by their 3rd birthday. A popular saying
of older kender to younger kender is "You haven't even grown into your
ears yet!" Kender that are having half-kender babies find that the child
is closer to a human size baby, but they seem to have no additional problems
Infant kender are much like human babies. They need to sleep and eat in alternating
patterns. They drink milk from their mothers as newborns and work up to solids
around the sixth-month mark. Upon birth it is tradition for the parents to select
a name for the child. The child’s first name can be based off any combination
of factors. Some parents name the kender after something that has happened in
a recent adventure such as “Triplever” “Mudskipper” “Thistleprick”, or after
common kender objects “Lockpick” “Toolkit” “Topknot”, or even after dinner “Kipper”.
Including mispronunciations of human words such as the way that the best place
for kender to hang out at is corrupted from 'Tavern' to 'Tavin'. Plus there
are countless other kender variations of previous kender first names. It’s common
practice for kender to change these names later on in life. Usually during their
wanderlust, when they leave home to make a name for themselves… literally.
Kender infants are carried close to their mothers for most of the first year
of their life. Soon after giving birth kender mothers are back on their feet,
either wandering again, or taking care of their family or running tasks in their
community. Kender mothers are never lazy. The infants are held in a “Chofar”,
a sling type carrier that is slung across the front of the mother. This carrier
is composed of a soft canvas type material with a thick lining and has additional
pockets on the outside for items the baby may need.
Around the first year kender begin to walk and talk. This is when life gets
interesting an a kender home and when the idea of a “community” raising a child
becomes reality. In a kender community you MUST know your friends and neighbors
if for no other reason than to return their child to them. Kender toddlers can
not be locked up even if they need to be. It’s during this time in their life
when kender first come to experience the thrill of exploring. It can be distressing
to the parents, but believe it or not for all the trouble kender toddlers can
get into they rarely roam from too far from their caretakers. There is still
a sense of that bond that keeps them close. There is always that one particular
kender child that will wander too far, and some on a regular basis, but they
do eventually always end up back home in one fashion or another.
During their younger years kender toddlers rely mainly on their primary caretakers
for their needs, they learn how to talk and act from them. The primary caretakers
may be the parents, but in a kender community they may also be relatives, such
as uncles, aunts, grandparents and close family friends. Many kender who give
birth during wanderlust may leave their child when the road calls them to go
traveling again and they are unable to take their children with them. This is
why kender almost always have an “Uncle” or “Grandmother” that they refer to.