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I Don't Want Children

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    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    I have known since I was 11

    that I didn't want to have children. I didn't like kids as a kid, and couldn't fathom that my sole future was entwined with dirty diapers and tween troubles. Alas, at 11, I discovered through self-education that children were not mandatory life additions, and I could avoid...
    MoniquetheBlonde MoniquetheBlonde 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    For as long as I could remember I've never

    liked to have responsibilities. I never cared for taking care of our family pets. I never liked to babysit my sibling. I never liked to agree to do things for other people. I guess you could say I'm a commitment phobe. I have never wanted to have children, let alone pets. I...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M Dec 10, 2014

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    Childfree Is The Way For Me!

    Hello.  My name is M, and I don’t want kids.  There, I said it!  Why is it that admitting that I don’t want to have kids seems almost as bad as admitting that I’m addicted to drugs?  It’s because in our society, it is simply expected that you will have children. That...
    microwench microwench 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 15, 2011

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    When it comes to touching pregnant bellies,

    it makes me uncomfortable. Hell, it makes me uncomfortable when my stomach is touched. Not only because I'm ticklish, but I just don't like it. And I know that I'll be that way if I was pregnant. The reason why I don't want children is because I don't want the responsibility. I...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 15

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    I have babysat children

    and changed babies. No parental instincts or whatever its called were boosted whatsoever.
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    None, Thanks

    When I was in high school, one of my friends was writing a fictional story for fun, and we all had counter-parts within it.  Since these characters were based on us, she would occassionally ask our opinions on things. One of the questions was how many children we wanted our...
    BDWilT BDWilT 26-30 3 Responses Jul 26, 2007

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    I really don't know why anyone would.

    I don't have anything against people who do become parents but I just can't understand why they would throw their lives away. First few years is cleaning up bodily fluids and clutter after someone who can't even have an intelligent and interesting conversation with you, while...
    Dontcare8 Dontcare8 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 31, 2014

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    "You will never know true,

    unconditional love until you have kids of your own." I have read that this was said to childless people. I really don't see how this makes sense.
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    Not every woman has to have children.

    No I will not "change my mind" no I do not "want a part of me left behind" respect my ******* opinion!
    Adaptationn Adaptationn 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    Selfish?

    I have never understood why so many people assume that people who choose not to procreate are being "selfish." How is that selfish?
    morticia1969 morticia1969 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2012

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    Of my own. Not really.

    One at the most . I feel like that makes men with kids uncomfortable but I don't want to give birth . The thought literally makes me ill .
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I am scarrd to have children of my own

    because this world is so crazy and extreme. I would probably shelter my child and I know that's not good in the long run.
    namedashley namedashley 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    Never Wanted Them, Almost In The Clear

    I grew up never wanting children. Like most of you I been told a million times "You'll change your mind" "You HAVE to have a baby" "I can't imagine life without my child/ren" "You will never know love until you have a baby" I have watched all my friends transition into mothers...
    lillhammer78 lillhammer78 31-35, F 8 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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    Oh, I Like This Group...it's Almost Taboo In This Culture to Admit You Don't Want Kids...

    Wow, what a great experience topic.  There was a time growing up that I assumed I'd have children because...well, what other option is there?  As I grew up I realized you can chose not to have children.  What a revolutionary concept that was for me.  I've been...
    SDTerp SDTerp 36-40, M 4 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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    Kids are annoying, and it'd be unpleasant

    if they grew up to be douchey teens that we see today.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 6

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    I Never Want To Have Children!

    wow, first of all- Im so relieved to find other people who feel the same way! I have never wanted children in my life, for several reasons. First of all, Im really indipendet. I like the freedome to do what I want and go where I want without having to find a babysitter...
    NerdyBirdy NerdyBirdy 22-25, F 34 Responses Mar 27, 2010

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    None For Me, Thanks.

    for a variety of reasons. the main one being that i want the cycles of mental illness and poor parenting to stop with me. also, and this is selfish, but i have things that i want to do with my life, beyond dedicating it to the upbringing of another person. i want to live. i...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 15 Responses Jan 22, 2008

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    Everytime I try to imagine my life with

    children I can only see how tying myself down would severely impede my educational and career goals. I would also have to marry(children out of wedlock is one of society's MAIN problems) and cohabitate which is about as appealing to me as a Root Canal. Hell I have never even had...
    Hoshanna Hoshanna 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 6, 2014

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    Shitass Kids and the Annoying Asshats Who Have Them

    L et me prefeces by saying I love my parents and yes, I'm fully aware at one point I was once a squirming, useless, noncontributing, crying, pants s)hitting parasite. However the ONLY good thing about children is they grow up, as I did. If 20 year old me went back in time and saw...
    kimjus kimjus 18-21 8 Responses Jun 15, 2008

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    I just came back from a family reunion,

    I like kids, but was unable to have one single adult conversation in 4 days, wound up watching other people's kids and spent the rest of the time cleaning up after them..
    Barbarella59 Barbarella59 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 25, 2014

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    Why Should I Want To, Exactly?!

    I don't see the appeal at all. I don't want to complicate my life. I'm poor enough without them and don't want to dump my circumstances on them. I'd rather have free time rather than having to constantly watch and worry about someone else. I would worry about how my kid...
    missynegative missynegative 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 2, 2008

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    I find it so hilarious

    that a lot people think having kids is mandatory. It's like as soon as your born on Earth, you have to think about relationships, marriages, and kids. They don't see it as a choice. You have to do everything that everyone does in order to "fit in" or unless you're an outcast...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    Even though I would make an awesome mother,

    it's never going to happen.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 22, 2014

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    Eh, I say I don't but I wouldn't mind it.

    Then I realize that my fertility is questionable for one. My uterus and hormones hate me. For real. Two, I am ALWAYS in dire straits. I was born poor, no doubt I'll die poor, too. I'd be heartless to put a child in that situation. With the world being like it is, and every time...
    Lov3intheasylum Lov3intheasylum 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 25, 2014

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    I don't think children would make me happy.

    Most people have children because society conditions them to. That is not a good enough reason. With a rapidly expanding population, climate change and extreme poverty, I think having children is actually an immoral choice and pushes society backwards.
    adelecass adelecass 22-25, F 24 Responses May 23, 2014

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    Benefits To Not Having Children:

    Hello! I had to write this story all over again. Just as I was about to post it the whole thing disappeared. So here is a shortened version. Please let me know if anyone can relate or add to my list. These are my benefits to being child-free: * I have freedom to do what I...
    1 Response Jan 27, 2013

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    What Biological Clock?

    I'm 30, and I was told at age 23, "at 26 you'll feel the urge". "at 29 you'll really feel the clock". "At 30, the clock is ticking really loud". YEAH RIGHT! I don't feel badly for not wanting children. We're humans, and should be capable of the...
    smartiecats smartiecats 26-30 10 Responses Jun 7, 2008

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    Simply this, it is immoral

    for anyone to want anyone else to suffer. To exist is to suffer, with intermissions of 'happiness'. To bring a child into the world is to want the child to suffer and hence it is immoral.
    Mercent Mercent 22-25, M 3 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    As a gift to myself I am going to get

    sterilized. I've worked with kids all my life but NEVER wanted any. I didn't play house with baby dolls I read books and cut pictures from Natural Geographic. I never saw myself as a wife and mother and now in my early 30s I still can't fathom being pregnant and having to raise...
    newasexy newasexy 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    I Don't Want Children

    I'm not capable of raising children, and I accept it well. I realize that motherhood is a huge responsibility that I can't handle, plus I'm shy. I'm happy for the many women who play the role of mother and do it well.  I like knowing other people who would not have children.
    MDenise MDenise 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    I have always known from a very young age

    that I did not want to have children. Maybe I would be a good father, but I do not want the responsibility of raising a child. I like my own life & being alone, so I would be miserable having to invest all of my time & money on someone I do not want. Children also cost a...
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 22, 2014

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    Married With Out Children

    I have never really wanted children and thankfully neither has my husband. We have been married for 11 year and most people don't understand how we can be childless. We got married young and everyone thought it was because I was pregnant. As it turned out, I wasn't. We have...
    KeepMySecrets KeepMySecrets 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 29, 2008

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    Not For Me

    I've never been the kind of girl who was dying to be a mom. It just doesn't suit me. I find pregnancy both terrifying and disgusting, I even have a hard time looking at pregnant women without making a face. I know that I'm too selfish and I'll admit that all day long. I enjoy...
    charismaticenigma charismaticenigma 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 18, 2013

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    I have practically been a parent all my life.

    When my parents divorced I had to take on some of the responsibilities. I never had a teenage life. I never got to do much. My parents couldn't afford a lot. I've decided that I owe it to myself to get out, and celebrate my life for me and all the things I didn't get to do. I'm...
    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F Jun 6

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    I am 24 years old and I am sure

    that I do not want kids. I was sure long time ago, thought of course according to majority I am such a young individual to decide. The funny thing is that the same majority of my ex-clasmates or people in their 21´s have kids ... somehow they are not young to decide , but I am...
    Serpensss Serpensss 22-25, F 25 Responses Jan 3, 2014

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    Why Is It So Odd?

    I do not want kids, ever. I've never really been a fan of children and the older I get the more certain I am that they just aren't for me. What I don't get is why people think that it is such a preposterous idea that anyone, especially a female, could possibly go about their life...
    Veggiefriendly Veggiefriendly 18-21, F 22 Responses Sep 20, 2011

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    Happy With My Choice

    I have nothing against kids - if you really want them, you should have them but don't complain endlessly about the down side of it all after you do.  And do me the courtesy of not assuming that  I am selfish or abnormal because I don't share your enthusiasm for the...
    Solidad42 Solidad42 41-45, F 107 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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    Ha! Me? a Mother?

    I can't even keep a hamster alive.  I dread to think what I'd do to children. Start with the fact that I can't/don't cook.  Spaghetti-O's and Pop Tarts again, kids!  Plus I'd warp their little innocent, impressionable minds.  "No, honey.  Trust...
    lunameow lunameow 31-35, F 10 Responses Aug 24, 2007

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    No Children For Me; Let Me Live My Own Life

    I am sick and tired of people telling me that I am still young and will change my mind about having children as I get older. I have already made up my mind. I do not want children. The worst part is how certain people tend to make fun of me exactly because of that. They can be...
    Maribelle Maribelle 18-21 11 Responses Jul 3, 2011

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    I don't see how having a kid these days,

    that they'll be happy. The world is much worse then it was, we have so much bullying, judgemental people, and it starts so young now. At least in North America.
    4EverBlissful 4EverBlissful 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21, 2014

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    No Woman No Cry

    So I am approaching 27 and everyone around me is producing offspring. Left, right and center, and mostly down below.  I am very happy for them, there is no issue there. I am always happy for people who have a goal and achieve it - be it getting a job or producing human...
    BusinessGoth BusinessGoth 31-35, F 11 Responses Aug 18, 2009

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    Genetically Responsible.

    I don't want kids. I don't want to be a mom. It isn't in my nature to be nurturing of another person... not to the extent that a child would need over the 18-year span of their life for which I would be responsible. I'd like to say that I have the capacity for such a big task...
    McSerious McSerious 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2010

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    I hate kids. I am not sure

    if it's because of the upbringing with my mother but some people are not cut out to be parents. It ****** me off when people tell you "Oh, you will change your mind when you get older" I'm 20 and I still feel the same. So far children I have met are a hand full and no blessing...
    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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    I don't understand what's

    so selfish about not wanting kids. Many of us do not want to deal with the pains of child bearing, birth, and a tiny human being. Many of us want to travel the world, go to clubs, date and have fun. And Live the best we can and have good memories before we all enter old age and...
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 22-25, F 7 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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