Why I’ve decided to be child-free

 

Why I’ve decided to be child-free


When I was little, I had this idea that I would have children one day. It wasnt really out of any real desire to have themI just sort of assumed that everyone grew up, got married, and had children. There was never a burning desire to be a mother, nor really even a desire to be pregnant. In fact, the whole idea grossed me out. The morning sickness, the weight gain, the idea of having a little beinginside of me; it all gave me the creeps. Why would I want a little aliengrowing inside of me and sucking my life force?

As I got older, I was exposed to more children. My sister was born when I was just about to turn nine, and I got to deal with all the lovely things that went with that age gap: changing diapers, cleaning spit up, bathing her and listening to her cry when she was falling asleep. I loved my sister to death, but I was quickly tired of dealing with the baby problems, and was glad that it wasnt solely my responsibility.

At age twelve, my first job was babysitting. I used to watch three boys between the ages of two and five, who were rambunctious, active children. We would go outside and play, watch movies, and play video games, as well as buildLegos and read books. I would go home exhausted, and glad that I could give them back to their parents at the end of the day.

That babysitting gig led to watching more kids, and eventually segued into volunteering with my mother at the after-school program she worked at. While I still loved kidsgoofing off has always been my fortethe problem children scared me. I was already super strict on the children, imposing more rules than almost any of the other staff. I didnt think that I could handle dealing with the children who had behavior issues, or the ones who didnt listen very well.

I still deal with children frequently. I taught swim lessons up until last summer, so I was constantly around children. I have endless patience, and I can earn the trust of almost any child, no matter how scared they may be. I am most definitely a nurturer, and squashing my instinct to mother people is a challenge on a daily basis. I can strike up a conversation in public with almost any child and have them at ease and chatting along back with me.

And yet, I still dont want kids.

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