Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I'd probably respond with something like "Oh, I would, but they'd be half alien" or "I eat my young" if people kept nosing into my business. Stuff like that shuts people up quick.
ROFL! I will totally start saying that.
Thanks to whoever started this thread... for starting this thread!
I can relate. My husband and I do not want children. Besides the fact that financially we won't be ready for five years or more, we just do not have that desire right now. We were both only children, that might have something to do with it... but they say the more educated you are, the less likely you are to have kids.
I think a lot of people have kids because they don't know what else to do... that is a keen observation, Zissou'sMom. I have a lot I want to accomplish in this life.... it's the only life I ever get! I love children, and maybe I am selfish in that I don't want a child causing me to have fewer choices in life. It is selfish, I admit. But I see way too many people who shouldn't have kids having kids, and for all the wrong reasons.
I partly see it as my responsibility, given the population problems in the world. I don't want to create another American consumer who will use up more resources than ten people in any other country... that's just not right IMO.
I MAY adopt someday if I ever see a need to raise a child, but that is unlikely.
Way too many people use the institution of childbearing to promote their own opinions, beliefs, politics, etc... into the world. There is nothing more selfish than that and nothing gets under my skin more than that. I think part of the reason that I don't want children is because I don't trust myself to be a good parent, and I have very high standards for what parents should and should not do.
My dear MIL recently discovered our lack of planning for a child... and she FLIPPED... she said she was going to commit suicide if she doesn't have kids. She is one of those people who can only relate to children. She is a gradeschool teacher, and that is all she seems to know, given the way she communicates with us.