When I say I don’t want kids, everyone says: “you’ll change your mind!” or “you’re still young!” or “are you sure?”
Yes, I’m sure.
It’s one of the first things I told my fiancé when we first started dating and reminded him of almost monthly to make sure he was okay with it too. Because I won’t change my mind, I really don’t want them.
If I’m being honest, it’s mostly because I’m selfish. I value my time, my sleep, my freedom, and the money I make to spend on my lifestyle. I know kids are great, I have nieces and a nephew who I love to spend time with and spoil, but I don’t have to dedicate my whole life to them. And I don’t want to do that with kids of my own.
Even adopting dogs has been a lot more responsibility than I had imagined for myself. I always vowed to never get a puppy because of the time and effort it takes.
Maybe (and this is a big MAYBE), when I’m 20 years older and feeling like my youth is spent, I would look into fostering or adopting. But that’s way down the road and not something I really need to put a lot of weight into right now.
I’m young and everyone expects women to have kids by their early thirties. For me, that’s just a few years away and a big N O. There’s so many things I want to do in my thirties. But I definitely don’t want kids.
They say my generation is opting out of having kids. If you do want them – that’s great! If you don’t – that’s also great! Make sure you have a plan for your future, that you discuss feelings with your significant other, and know that things can change. But always stick to your instincts. My generation has a lot of reasons to not have kids. We’re in debt. We haven’t even settled at a stable job yet. We can’t afford to buy a house. But the only reason I really need is that I just don’t want them.
*This is an old blog of mine that has been updated