By Kathleen Guthrie Woods
“Why don’t you like children?” “What are you waiting for?” “It’s not too late. I heard about a woman who was 46 and….”
I’ve heard so many variations on a theme, but this is the first time I’ve heard “Thank you” for choosing not to have children, with a long list of positive reasons.
Writer Abby Rosmarin works in childcare and has this to say about women who choose to be childfree (her post is published on Thought Catalog). I especially like and am encouraged by her line, “…you recognize that there are so many other ways to find love and meaning and joy in your life.”
This isn’t for everyone. But for those of us who made a choice—and for those of us who ultimately made a choice to stop the madness—I offer her kind perspective.
Kathleen Guthrie Woods is a Northern California–based freelance writer. She is mostly at peace with being childfree.