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I Am Childless By Choice

A board for folks who choose to not have children 345 People

    And I Intend to Keep It That Way... - Don't get me wrong, I actually like kids...I just don't want any. Never have. But most importantly, I just don't see my life taking that...
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 19, 2008

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    I'll Teach Them, But Not Raise Them! - I'm a teacher who will not be having children. I realized a little over a year ago that I'm just not called to motherhood. In my young...
    flamencocat flamencocat 26-30, F 2 Responses May 3, 2010

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    Not A Satistic - I refuse to have any kind of romantic relationship or children until I have graduated from dental school. I have goals and while children could be in my future...
    wolfcon wolfcon 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 22, 2011

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    Childless By Choice - Childless by choice,That's me,This world,I'm not a fan,My Question,Why bring a child,Into a place,You don't like yourself?
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M Mar 17, 2012

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    Not Sorry - I never really liked children.  As an only child, I have no experiance with them.  I never went babysitting as a teen.  I never felt the pressure to...
    AyeAye AyeAye 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 20, 2008

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    I Don't Feel I Am Missing Anything ... - I don't understand the reason for having children, truly I don't.  I imagine that alot of people who hear me say this think I am cold...
    legalsexy legalsexy 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 21, 2008

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    A Second Home - When I got married, oh so many years ago, one thing I was worried about was building a family. With what I had been through as a child and where I was at the time...
    silentwriter180 silentwriter180 41-45, F Mar 17, 2012

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    I Choose To Leave The Childbearing To Others. - I, seriously,  want to say "God Bless You!" to those women/men (single or married) who want to bear/adopt/raise children.  I...
    fonna fonna 46-50, F Jul 9, 2011

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    Zero Regrets - For those of you who chose parenthood, you have my deepest respect.  It's got to be the hardest job in the world.  Even when I was a child, I knew I did...
    IAmStillSomeone IAmStillSomeone 41-45, F 11 Responses Jun 23, 2009

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    Kids Are Not For Me - I am really not cut out to be a parent i believe. My two older sisters have 3 kids each and I have cousins that have 4 kids. Our family has so many...
    alwaysalone alwaysalone 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2008

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    Misleading Commercials - Many years ago, there was a television commercial for a flu medication with this premise: A married straight couple with an infant. The woman is in bed...
    Samantha535 Samantha535 13-15, F 10 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    Yes, Indeedy! - I am almost 29 now and I have no children. I don't plan to have any, until I am married. That is a personal choice, and is no way a judgment on those who've had...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 28, 2009

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    Just Not For Me - I remember at a young age saying I wasnt going to get married and I didn't want kids. Well I got married to a stone cold man. We are now getting a divorce. I...
    Swayaway34 Swayaway34 22-25, F Aug 10, 2012

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    Yessiree - Some trees are meant to be chopped down. My family's is one of them. Both my sibling and I don't want kids; our parents are fine with it. Not that we need their...
    notthis78 notthis78 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Because I Know What It Feels Like... - I haven't really been able to express the reason that I am (currently, & most likely will continue to be) choosing to be childless, to...
    borntolove borntolove 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 23, 2008

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    Married 14+ Years Now and Absolutely No Regrets - My wife and I married nearly 15 years ago. Every since I can remember I did not want/need children. Most people would tell me...
    qff35 qff35 41-45, M 5 Responses Feb 6, 2008

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    I Have No Children - In my family there wer 4 children two boys and two girls. We had a pretty good life growing up in the 50's and 60's. My father was the breadwinner and my...
    steve824 steve824 56-60 2 Responses Feb 25, 2009

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    Not Entirely By Choice, But Mostly. - I am currently childless by choice. At one point, I was talked into trying to get pregnant, but thankfully my body didn't play along. It's...
    amikety amikety 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 17, 2012

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    My Mom's Advice - When I was about 10 years old, my mom sat me down and told me "don't ever have kids, they really mess up your life".  Mom always did have a way...
    MaMegabyte MaMegabyte 51-55, F 2 Responses May 24, 2008

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    Is It Wrong Not To Have Children? - I’m a 45 year old childless man. My Chinese brother in law refers to me as: “An empty branch.” He means no offence and there’s none...
    gerardfsmith gerardfsmith 41-45, M 11 Responses Dec 1, 2010

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    Don’t get me wrong. I thought about having kids (But on a gut level, I just didn’t want to get pregnant) in particular in SE Asia developing nations. In the developing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 6

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    Children? No Way! - I don't like kids. They're a snot nosed brats who don't listen to their parents. I chose not to have kids and people annoy the heck out of me when they...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 1 Response Oct 27, 2012

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    Circumstances Beyond My Control - I'm not sure if this qualifies as childless by choice, but....My husband and will be married for 5 years this year. 3 years ago, he was hurt at...
    ParisDaisy ParisDaisy 41-45 1 Response Apr 4, 2010

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    Having Too Much Fun - I always expected to have children.  After all, isnt that how life works?  You get married, have children.... Well, I would say the biggest thing...
    jasonk jasonk 41-45 2 Responses Dec 14, 2008

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    Not For Me ! - I grew up in asingle parent home , with 2 other siblings we were always broke never had anyfun and always hated each other because are house was so small !My mom was...
    HappilyTheOtherWoman HappilyTheOtherWoman 18-21 2 Responses Mar 17, 2009

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    I keep my legs shut. It's not that hard. I'm not ready for kids I never will be.
    REALWORDS823 REALWORDS823 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Anxiety - I have known since I can remember that I did not want children. I did not play house, I played school with my dolls. I'm the youngest, so I did not spend time with babies...
    mosherkm mosherkm 31-35 3 Responses Jul 12, 2010

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    Effed Up Genetics - Nature-nurture be damned; I know full well that insanity runs in my family.  So even if I wasn't worried about the kidney disease, heart trouble, lung issues...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 2, 2011

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    My Marriage Is Failing Because I Don't Want Children - I have been married for almost 8 years to the most wonderful man in the world. I am American and he is English and we live...
    NYCGal2010 NYCGal2010 31-35, F 6 Responses May 1, 2010

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    Jaw Dropper - I actually had a family doctor (a man) who told me that until I have a child, I am not truly and fully a woman. I changed doctors. And this was only 12 years ago...
    thinkingoutloud thinkingoutloud 46-50, F 14 Responses Mar 24, 2008

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    Selfish -   A couple of weeks ago I had a meaningful conversation with my younger brother.  This is not unusual, as my younger brother and I have always been compatible...
    sarahladybug28 sarahladybug28 36-40, F Sep 29, 2009

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    Final Decision - After vacillating over this for years, I've finally decided that, due to my limited patience and need for more alone time than a child will allow me to have, I am...
    DreamsOfNight DreamsOfNight 31-35, F 2 Responses May 4, 2012

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    Childless Singles... - Does anyone know any "Childless Singles Dating Website" ? If you do please please let me know....
    haveadrink haveadrink 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 26, 2011

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    The Same, Only Different - I see some people have mentioned that they get asked when they will start having children, which is a tactless question to begin with. When you're...
    SunnieDelite SunnieDelite 31-35, T 4 Responses Apr 12, 2009

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    Thoughts - Well here goes.   When I was in my 20's I had it all planned.  A career, marriage and children (2) by the time I was 35.  Well none of that happened.  My would-be...
    starlett2010 starlett2010 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2010

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    Tired of Making Excuses Why Not - I'm so tired of being looked at like a freak of nature because I don't want children.  I'm also tired of being the only one in my group that...
    trustnoone77 trustnoone77 36-40, F 8 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    Childfree--no Kidding! - I have been widowed for three years, am in my late 50s. My late wife and I had a very wonderful marriage with no children. In the year and a half I have...
    Freekorps Freekorps 56-60, M 1 Response May 24, 2013

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    Chosen At Many Points In the Past, and the Evolution of the Reason. - Over time, many reasons for this choice have come and gone. I was accutely aware of the problems that can...
    FluidMind FluidMind 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 25, 2008

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    I am childless by choice and proud. I have thought about having children, my own as well as adoption, but I quickly realized that a child just would not fit into my lifestyle. I am...
    tryx4us tryx4us 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    No Desire For Children Whatsoever - I'm sure other people who are like me have gotten this - a lot of times when you express disdain for having children of your own, the response...
    SpilledSecrets SpilledSecrets 22-25, F 9 Responses Jan 27, 2011

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    Selfish -   A couple of weeks ago I had a meaningful conversation with my younger brother.  This is not unusual, as my younger brother and I have always been compatible...
    sarahladybug28 sarahladybug28 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 29, 2009

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    Parasite Free - I've never wanted children, and I really doubt that I ever will. It's a totally irrational choice people make not for themselves, but to fulfill a biological...
    Phage Phage 26-30, F 23 Responses Sep 28, 2009

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    I Love My Child Free Life - My earliest memory of not wanting children was a discussion with a friend in my high school science class... we were discussing the tv series party of...
    Chrisannb Chrisannb 31-35 4 Responses Mar 5, 2013

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    Right now I choose to be childless. Maybe I will change my mind later. My parents did foster care and I had many bad experiences with children to ever want them. I just don't...
    Rebecca321 Rebecca321 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    My husband and I are childless by choice. I was hoping to find some couples to hang out with on the weekends with similar interests. I have not been able to find them yet. We...
    aly3636 aly3636 31-35, F 6 Responses Apr 2

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    I Knew When I Was 15 I Did Not Want To Be A Mom - I was married when I was 20, he was a jerk and I knew he would not make a good father.  We divorced.  I got married...
    gigi1982 gigi1982 46-50 2 Responses Nov 17, 2010

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    Childless & Happy - My decision to not have children came at an early age (25) partly as a result of a failed 1st marriage and circumstances that were not conducive to being a...
    RavenLee RavenLee 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 9, 2008

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    Don't women have the right to make their own choice in a decision about her own body? There is no easy answers or choices when we talk about life, but I would rather be supportive...
    pumilu pumilu 61-65, F Apr 7

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    Pro-choice is just beautiful. Allowing the woman to actually choose what she does with her body. Not a difficult concept. I have an entire lists of arguments, reasons, statistics...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 24

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    Honestly.... if someone wants to do something with HER body... then let her.. I mean damn.. too many people do not know how to mind their own damn business about things. Is it...
    Ruru88 Ruru88 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am pro choice. Which means a woman's right to choose, whether its abortion, adoption or parenting. It means that I want safe abortions to stay legal. And the only types of...
    Inherownwords Inherownwords 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Having an abortion is about being responsible. Nobody else can tell a woman what her body can and can not handle. Every woman is different. Every pregnancy is different. Only she...
    Inherownwords Inherownwords 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 29