I was about five when I decided I'd rather raise kittens than children. Before that, I can't remember thinking anything concrete about bearing children. I know I was given dolls to play with, but there came a certain point when I was disappointed with dolls, and definitely wanted books instead.

At about nine, when a relative by marriage commented on how I'd make someone a good wife someday(because I'd baked gingerbread from a box mix), I retorted that I never wanted to get married. Their reaction was as if I'd suddenly sprouted horns, a forked tail, and my breath took on the distinct aroma of brimstone.

How about you?

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It wasn't until I was in my late teens or early 20's that I realized that I really didn't want kids, it wasn't until really recently (I'm in my early 30's) that I was able to understand why I don't want them. Prior to my late teens, I told people that I didn't want kids because I didn't want to tell them that medically I shouldn't have kids. When you are a child or teenager, telling people that you have a genetic disease tends to bring questions that I did not want to answer; at best it gets you sympathy, at worst it gets you ostracized.

I don't understand kids, can't really relate to them at all (didn't relate too well to other kids when I was one), I don't consider them to be fun, and for me, life is all about having fun.
telling people that you have a genetic disease tends to bring questions that I did not want to answer; at best it gets you sympathy, at worst it gets you ostracized.

I can only imagine!
Welcome to the club!
"crotchfruits"! hahahahaha!
Interesting perspective!
I'm not certain exactly how many years it's been since that has been a concrete decision in my mind. I remember asking my doctor about vasectomies when I was 18, so at least 10 years now (even at 28 it's hard to find a doctor willing to go through with that procedure w/o an argument). That's been a decade of hearing "Oh, you'll change your mind when you get older" in response to my choice of being child free.

It's a decision that seems to keep me single and safe. :)
I used to hear "Oh, you'll change your mind when you get older" all the time. Now I'm 49. The "sympathy" that I don't have children is setting in, but I don't get harassed nearly as often as I did when I was younger.
Did you decide you didn't want children at all, or just didn't want to bear any?
The minute I started going through puberty, and realized that getting pregnant was possible I wanted to have nothing to do with it. I've found that for a majority of my life now the idea of going through pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding turns my stomach. It doesn't bother me when other women show off their bellies, share birthing stories or breast feed their kids. I'm generally happy for them. It's not that I dislike children, I like other people's kids in the sort of "I can hand you back to Mommy once you start to fuss" sort of way.

Does anyone else have the same feelings of disgust?
Does anyone else have the same feelings of disgust?

I'm sure someone does. People aren't always willing to "out" themselves in public forums.

I also like OP kids. I always wanted to be a doting auntie, which has been difficult as my nephews all live about 750 miles away.
I have only one nephew right now. He lives on the other side of the world, though!
I have similar feelings...the idea of having something in me growing...and then the idea of pushing it out...just freaks me out. I don't have a desire to grow something inside, like many women say they do. As natural as it apparently is, I feel it to be unnatural.
I am not sure your age Creature, but I just turned 38 and I have had my full of 'mommy stories'. All of my friends have wee-ones and I have had to endure each pregnancy and listen to birth stories. I have rubbed bellies, talked to bellies and sat next to my friends as they nurse their babies ~ all the time listening to them talk about how AWESOME it is. BULLSHIT! ;-)

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