Childfree Is A Legitimate Choice
The Nib

I’m in my early 40s and have never wanted kids. My parents have never put any pressure or expectation on me to breed. Except for this one time I had a conversation with my mom not long after I’d enrolled in a Masters degree. Randomly she asked me whether my studies meant I’d continue to delay having children. I replied that I was delaying having children until I felt a sense of wanting to have them. I didn’t think studying had anything to do with it one way or another. “What did I do wrong?’ She asked. I encouraged her to reframe the question. “What did I do right?” Would be a better question. For wouldn’t it be tragic to have raised a woman who didn’t know her own mind, brought a child into the world and had to live with the regret of that?

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