Childfree Reflections

With Marcia Drut-Davis
November 13th, 2011 by Marcia Davis

Is not choosing to have or raise children seen as a viable choice today?

I often hear people telling me that today it’s not a big deal to choose a childfree lifestyle. I’ve heard it’s an accepted choice amongst most families once anyone states they don’t want children. Nobody gets pushed into feeling they’re making a bad choice they will regret later. Really?  I wonder if that’s true!

Yes. More people are opting to remain childfree than in my day back in the 70’s. However, things have dramatically chånged. Although women may delay childbearing, they now feel they can raise children alone. There’s no need for any man. Indeed, all they require is his sperm which they can get from a sperm donor bank. Single parenting is also glorified by movie stars such as Sandra Bullock who adopted a child from another race. (Do not misunderstand me. I’m happy any child gets placed into a loving, capable persons care!)

I don’t think anyone would lose their job as a teacher if they were interviewed on “60 Minutes” sharing they don’t choose to parent today…. as I suffered back in 1974. I certainly hope they wouldn’t!   However, pronatalism still exists. Every time I’ve gone to any bridal shower, that baby gift is always there whether or not they know if raising children has been accepted. Every time I’ve been to a wedding, questions start about family planning from excited friends and would-be grandparents.

What do you think? Today, is the childfree lifestyle accepted with the same respect, excitement and encouragement as having children? I would love hearing from you!

Comments

3 Responses to “Is not choosing to have or raise children seen as a viable choice today?”
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