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I Don't Want Children

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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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    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 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 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 23

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    Sacrifice

    I like to analyze why I do or do not want something.  The question of children is one that I have spent way too many brain cells thinking about.  I have never wanted marriage or children.  I raised my brother and I think I have a realistic view of what children...
    Krypton Krypton 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 1, 2008

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    I feel like I would be a horrible parent.

    I have a pretty horrible personality, so I think if I had children they would be like those people on t.v. who grow up to kill their parents. Also it doesn't help I'm afraid of doctors and having babies. Plus other parents would hate me because I'd be the type of person that...
    ImaginaryPrototype ImaginaryPrototype 18-21, F 1 Response May 23

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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 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 18-21, F 35 Responses Mar 27, 2010

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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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    No Reason To Have Kids.

    There is no reason for me to have kids since the world will be the same as it is today, and besides I'm not interested in passing on genes and stuff. I would rather have mines rot away thank you very much. Another reason I don't want kids is because of the way a lot of people...
    NaturalGropius NaturalGropius 18-21 3 Responses Jun 11, 2013

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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 love my freedom too much to be a father.

    Once, I dated a girl with a kid and it didn't work out because I couldn't handle fatherhood. I've told my parents before that I don't want kids and they always dismiss it as a phase I'm going through(I'm almost 25 and have at no point wanted children, so I don't think it's a...
    bktaylor1989 bktaylor1989 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 2

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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

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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

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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

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    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 21

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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 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 6

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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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    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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    I had a wonderful childhood,

    loving parents, and plenty of friends; I just never liked kids. I'm ok with being selfish with my time, in a way it seems almost selfish to have kids knowing I feel this way. I'll take world travel, late sleep on weekends, and my freedom over 18+ years of mess cleaning...
    BleuGardenia BleuGardenia 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 3

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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 4 Responses Jun 22, 2012

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    Not Sure

    I know now that I do NOT want to bring a child into this world. I like children, I really do but I feel that knowing what I know about this world; why would I want to bring a child into this. I am not against people wanting and having children nor will I chastise them for doing...
    differenttypeofperson differenttypeofperson 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 2, 2012

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    I Don't Want Kids...what's Your Problem With That?

    I may be young (20) but I decided long ago that I wouldn't have children. My reasons include having a phobia of pregnancy and childbirth (as I have mentioned elsewhere, I even have nightmares about it), feeling claustrapobic when picturing motherhood, a short temper and lack of...
    DoktorSchnitzel DoktorSchnitzel 18-21, F 30 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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    I have nothing against children.

    I just don't want any plopping out of these thighs, EVER.
    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 13

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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 5 Responses Nov 18, 2013

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    My own childhood included a drug addict

    for a father who was later sent to prison, a controlling racist grandmother, time in orphanage, and pure misery most days. I refuse to be responsible for raising a "productive member of society" when I have no clue how that's done and can already detect my selfish desires right...
    2ndGenPuppet 2ndGenPuppet 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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    At Least Not My Own

    I refuse to bring new life to this world. I might adopt a baby when the time comes since they have already been brought to this world. I'd rather try and be the best parent to already born child than bring a baby on my own to this cruel, paradoxical, nonsensical place.
    Butterflying Butterflying 26-30, F 10 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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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 12 Responses Aug 18, 2009

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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

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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 7 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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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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    Bad genes.. Mental illness runs in the family,

    and there's no way I'm going to put a kid through that. I always loved the thought of it, but in reality, no.
    allib91 allib91 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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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 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 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 4

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    I don't want to have children,

    because I fear I may be forced to abandon them. If life happens, and I end up in poverty I'd rather abandon them, then spend the rest of my life working like a slave. I'd hate the decision I know I'll make with all my heart which is why it'll never happen. It is tempting at...
    benson5132 benson5132 18-21, M Dec 10

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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 111 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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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 4 Responses Aug 31

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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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    theman89 theman89 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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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

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    I don't want to feel miserable.

    I rather have pets then children
    TheDesireToDance TheDesireToDance 22-25, F Dec 10

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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 27 Responses May 23

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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

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    When people tell me that I MUST have kids,

    I literally feel like this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/kids I don't want children, and have never been interested in children. The first time this topic came up was when I was about 11, when girls at school started talking about their perfect husbands and what they're going...
    spacepixie spacepixie 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 10

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    Caitlinsmith1636 Caitlinsmith1636 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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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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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Nov 3

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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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    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

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    I always thought I wanted at least one child.

    I even almost had one. Gave birth & everything.. Then had a funeral. Then years went by, and then a few more. It doesn't really seem like there's a point in having children anymore. For reasons beyond my control, I missed the bus & now it would be too much of a life change. I...
    SirenaVonLee SirenaVonLee 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 30

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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

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    People have stared at me wide eyed

    when I tell them that I do not want kids. They assume that just because I am a female I am going to change my mind later. When I was around 14, girls my age were already thinking of how they would name their kids and thinking of their weddings. I never had the dream of getting...
    TheemopandaX TheemopandaX 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 30

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