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Being fairly new to ATS, I was wondering how many of you are childless by choice, or "childfree". My husband and I are in our mid-forties and have been married for 12 years. We made a decision six months after we got married not to have kids--and took permanent measures to make sure we didn't. We both have a lot of reasons for making this decision, but one of the main ones for me is to avoid passing suffering on to another human being. We've never regretted it--in fact, at least a few times a month, I find myself thinking that, in a life riddled with questionable decisions, not having kids probably the best decision I ever made. Did you decide not to have kids? If so, why? Do you ever regret it? Do you think that you were destined to have kids or not have kids? I'm curious!
Now my personal opinion, i want at least 1 kid, to me it feels like not having kid is like killing of millions of years of natural selection and evolution.
In my opinion, Passing genes is probably the most basic human goal/instinct w/e.
Just because people can breed, doesn't mean all of them should.
Im against anyone having kids once they past a certain age... because last thing want is a kid produced with down syndrome or other issue because the mother is too "old" for healthy child bearing.
I dont think that is a rule..
It is not, it was my opinion. But i think doctors or whoever the couple consult will run tests on them and object if it doesn't look good, but it still not going to stop them from having a child.
Better to have the child early than later.. if they cant make up their mind.
If only people who truly want children and can afford them without stressing had children, then the overall mental health of all adults and defacto society would be much better.edit on 22-11-2013 by grandmakdw because: (no reason given)