Childfree Choices

Why should young couples feel pressured by their parents, grandparents and others of an older generation to have children? It’s really unfair and irresponsible given the current state of the world. We actually need to encourage young people to carefully consider this huge life decision and we need to let them know that we support them either way. They must be aware, however, of what they’re taking on when they decide to start a family.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I too have noticed that older folks subtly pressure young people to become parents. I’ve thought that it was a form of “misery loves company.”

  2. Anna
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    This is a conversation I had recently with my own parents when we were discussing ideas about the future and the possibility of me having a family someday. I am only 23 years old but I definitily feel the pressures of society not so much telling me that I have to have kids but more that I should be deciding now whether or not it’s in the cards or not. My thought is, what’s the big rush? I think if more young people are really given the time and empowerment (e.g. free birth control) to discover their passions in life there would be fewer unplanned families and more acceptance of the younger generation embracing the idea of childfree living.

  3. Fabi
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree that it is unfair that family members always keep asking when are you gonna have babies? we say: we are not sure we want babies, then they always reply: what? what is wrong with you? as if my husband and I are freaks,…I Know my husband’s family talk behind my back, since they think I am the only one who doesn’t want to have kids. Sometimes I think maybe we should have a kid, so we can feel like a normal couple,…But then I think it would be stupid to have a kid for that reason.

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