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I never planned to have children for basically the same reasons you described. I did end up having one, and I turned out to be a much better parent than I thought I'd be, but one is plenty for us - and we still get crap from people saying we should "give her" a sibling and that we're so horrible for "making her" an only child. Blah blah. Only you know what's right for you.

There are several long-married, happy, fulfilled couples in my family who never had children. And I'm sure they, like you, would be wonderful parents if it ever happened, but I'm also sure that they're not "missing out" by not having children. Your life is your life, and you should fill it how you want to.

I personally think that it's much better for someone to choose not to have children for their own reasons than to have children even if they don't want to and end up being unhappy and raising unhappy children. There are a lot of people out there who shouldn't have kids and do. THAT is a real tragedy.

Sunday, December 24, 2006, 1:27 AM

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I'm not married, but have also chosen to remain child-free. My own mother was wonderful, my sister is a wonderful mother, but that always just threw into starker contrast that it has never been "my calling." Could this change in the future? Never say never, but it's been the way I've felt since I can remember so chances are it won't. I even got flack for it when I was a little girl, because I didn't want to play house or have baby dolls. It's just not for some people. It is hard to understand for some though, especially of an older generation. You'd think the survival of the species depended on little ol' me! Anyway, take heart. We're a growing number.

Sunday, December 24, 2006, 1:48 AM

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I married later in life and neither my husband nor I have children. My parents had a terrible marriage while we were growing up, it's much better now that all the kids have left home (what does that tell you?). I am a pediatric nurse and my husband works with special needs children so we have kids in our lives in addition to many nieces and nephews. It is enough. We have looked at fostering once I finish graduate school and would probably choose special needs children because of our backgrounds. But I have never really wanted my own. I went through a few "phases" where I thought I would want kids but it never lasted. I only wish more people would listen to their internal voice about having kids. I see tragic stories every day about children born to parents who should have remained childless. That's not to say that everyone who is childless would be a bad parent. But those are extremely personal decisions and should be respected.

Sunday, December 24, 2006, 8:04 AM

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I respect your views but I think that life would have been very boring without the joys, troubles & responsibilities of raising my 2 children. Also my grandson is the best thing that ever happened to me, he just fills my heart!

Sunday, December 24, 2006, 10:22 AM

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I think that if anyone in this society, which is so pushy when it comes to having children, decides that they want to remain childless - then it seems to me that that is definitely the right decision for them. Because I reackon in order to stick to your guns about it, it's obviously very clear to you that kids aren't for you.

Sunday, December 24, 2006, 1:02 PM

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