An innocent conversation starter can effectively ruin a woman's whole day. Asking a stranger whether she has given birth to a child or has the intention to do so, can hit a raw nerve. It is a commonly asked question, but the conversation almost never stops there.
"Expressing one's maternal side" in the many ways the childfree do does not equate to giving birth and the 24/7 role of raising of a child.
Laura lives with her husband and cat in a 120 square foot home in North Carolina. These are commonly called Tiny Homes, and it's more of a movement or a philosophy than a house size. It's about living lighter on the planet, living more simply so you can focus on what matters, and creating more personal freedom to be authentically you.
It occurred to me, as it probably should have occurred to me earlier, that being scared of loss is not a good reason to have a baby.
I'll admit it. Now that I have kids and am knee-deep in parenting, I forget that not everybody cares about my kids as much as I do. Not everybody wants kids, and that is a perfectly valid decision. For those of us who have forgotten how the other side lives, childfree Redditors have some important insight to share.
"There has been a profound disconnect between the speed at which women have been asked to take full-time roles in the workplace
Given the enormous personal stakes in childbearing, it is surprising that more women have not written a book about the pros and cons that go into making childbearing decisions.
I do not assume that my personal life choices are so fundamental that other people are less human or will live less fulfilled lives because they don't make the same ones.
I absolutely adore children. Or rather, I adore them as long as I can escape from them at the end of the day. And I think that is perfectly OK.