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, sicker than sick with the flu, the man is healthy. The baby becomes his complete responsibility, and he is overwhelmed.
He said, "Before we had Rachel, I had never been alone with a child!"
I thought, That's American reproduction in a nutshell - people who have never spent a minute with a child producing them by the truckload.
They get caught up in the Gerber-sponsored romance of it all, and never bother to ask themselves, Do I want to do fourth-grade math again? Do I want to coach soccer? Do I want to answer the question, "Know what?" 75 times a day? Do I want my life to be centered on all things children?
I think more people need to test-drive kids. If they don't want to babysit, they should spend long, long afternoons at the homes of friends with children. If they find it unpleasant, dull, or anything else, they ought to factor that emotion into their decision-making process.