Category Family

The Big A

When Heidi wrote about why she doesn’t want to have children, her arguments seemed to boil down to being too selfish to be responsible for another human being.  I have to say I feel the same way.  I can barely feed myself (seriously, boiling water takes too long, so I don’t eat anything that can’t […]

Guest Post: Why I Do Want Children

I never grew up hearing stories about how I carried my dolls around like babies—that I pretended to feed them or rock them or put them to bed. In reality, I probably dragged them through the dirt by their matted hair after my brother painted them with puffy paint. Regardless of my less-than-nurturing childhood, I […]

Why I Don’t Want Children

Slate recently ran an article about women (and men) who don’t want to have babies.  I’m one of them.  I have never wanted babies.  Sure, I used to make up fun/ridiculous baby names as a child.  I also distinctly remember thinking that the best thing about having a child would be to give it a […]