Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Question of Whether to Have Kids - on Sunday Morning

Thanks to CFVixen for forwarding me this spot that aired recently on the Sunday Morning show about the choice to have children. While it was annoying that a good deal of the discussion concerning the childfree lifestyle was on the question of selfishness, as usual there was no discussion at all about the selfishness involved in having kids. Overall, though, it is a pretty decent spot that portrayed the choice to have children as gaining more acceptance.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Laugh

John Oliver on the royal birth.  Too funny!  Thanks to CFVixen for the forward.

Monday, July 22, 2013

An Extraordinary Event?

BREAKING NEWS!   The Duchess of Cambridge is in labor.

The world is holding its collective breath in anticipation.  Months of speculation - is it a boy or a girl?  What will they name the child?  When will we get to see the first photos of the royal baby?  The hospital is encircled by the frenzied media.  "Breaking News" updates are flashing on the television screen every 5 minutes about this extraordinary event.

But is it?

I hate to be a party pooper, but reproducing and giving birth is not extraordinary by any stretch of the imagination.  It is the complete opposite.  It is what millions have done before and will do again.  It is what humans do, it is what animals do, it is what insects do.  Yes folks, that cockroach under your feet reproduces just like you do.

Not only is this event not extraordinary, it is entirely predictable and expected.  Would we expect anything else from Will and Kate than to reproduce so soon after marrying?  Excuse me while I stifle a yawn.

A truly extraordinary "Breaking News!" event would be for a royal couple to declare they are childfree and will be focusing their energies on other activities.  I doubt I will ever see that happen in my lifetime, but I get tingly just thinking about it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

You'll Change Your Mind

Why oh why do people assume that a person who has chosen not to have kids will change their mind?  I think this assumption irritates me almost as much as the assumption that we are selfish.

The other day, I overheard some women at work talking about their children.  These women are all in the 50s and 60s, so their children are adults. One of the women was talking about her daughter and mentioned that she doesn't want to have kids.  To her credit, she didn't say it with any disdain or regret.  She seemed perfectly okay with it - almost proud even, but immediately, without skipping a beat, the other women started trying to console her by telling  her it's likely her daughter will change her mind.  They asked how old the daughter is and when the woman replied, "36", they were even more certain that she will change her mind as there is "still time".

I came THIS.CLOSE to saying, "Hey, ladies - I too have chosen not to have kids and I am 47 and have not changed my mind yet.  It was the best decision my husband and I ever made!"  but as I opened my mouth to utter the words, a co-worker approached me and pulled me into another conversation.


Don't assume that because a person has chosen an unconventional life path, that they are confused and will eventually see the light.  We see the light perfectly, and it's bright and clear.  It's just not the light you want us to see.

How would YOU feel if your decision to have children was invalidated and you were constantly told you would change your mind?  I bet you'd find that pretty irritating and frankly, insulting.

Don't assume that a person who hasn't had kids couldn't possibly be happy or fulfilled.  The fact is, we are living exactly the life we want.  By design it is a life that offers a great deal of flexibility, opportunity, creativity and fulfillment.  And here's the best part - if at some point we decide we are not happy with our life, we can change it around in a heartbeat and do something else.  Can you parents say the same?