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  • Female: I have kid(s)/ I want kid(s)

    6 9.38%
  • Female: I don't want children

    2 3.13%
  • Male: I have kid(s)/ I want kid(s)

    30 46.88%
  • Male: I don't want children

    19 29.69%
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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    it's hilarious this has come up. just yesterday my three year old jabbed my 9-month old with a toy. when he started crying, the three year old started insisting that he was just trying to share the toy (which is why he had, I supposed, jabbed him in the back with it). I am trying to remonstrate the lad with my Serious Angry But Loving Dad Face and my wife bursts out with "I was getting a cookie for you!!!".


    LMAO!!!

    My daughter for years and years would go "You told me to not to for to drink your drink!!" "Why are you drinking it then?" "I DON'T KNOW!!"

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    Re: Do you want children?

    aaaaAAAHHHHHh THEY SAY THAT! THEY REALLY SAY THAT!!!

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    Re: Do you want children?

    I find it unsurprising that more men without children already don't want to have any, but in reference to the two women that said they don't want children, my question is how do you plan to fill that biological instinctive gap? Cats? I find it interesting much more guys with kids want more...maybe it has to also do with the ratio of men/women posters....
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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Someday, I would like to be the father of the most beautiful baby boy any of you will ever have the pleasure to lay eyes on.
    Too late, I already accomplished that 3 months ago.

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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Yes..but

    "Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in quiet!"

    That is So true...
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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Too late, I already accomplished that 3 months ago.
    Hey, I was going to tell him I did the double "beautiful baby girl" hat trick, 30 years AND three years ago (grandma).

    I actually had an incident at a bakery when Tiara was maybe three months old. This lady was making me nervous, she was hovering but not saying anything. As we were walking out, she was driving away. She stopped her car, opened the window and said "I just had to tell you: That is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen."

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    Re: Do you want children?

    Have 'em, wouldn't trade 'em for anything.
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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I find it unsurprising that more men without children already don't want to have any, but in reference to the two women that said they don't want children, my question is how do you plan to fill that biological instinctive gap? Cats? I find it interesting much more guys with kids want more...maybe it has to also do with the ratio of men/women posters....
    You're assuming I have such a gap to fill. I genuinely don't.

    I will say that I appear to belong to a minority group amongst the childfree. It seems to me that most childfree people are so not because they have no parenting drive the way I do, but because they decided there were other things in life that were more important to them. For most, it's a sacrifice. For me, it's the only way I can picture myself living. I know others like myself, but we are a minority.

    I do own a cat, but let's put it this way: having to care for a very old cat is at the absolute limit of my patience. And they are still nowhere near as needy as a child. In addition to that, I couldn't picture myself having more than one cat. What I like about cats is that you DON'T have to parent them. They're more like roommates and friends than children. This is why I prefer cats to dogs - dogs feel more like children to me.

    Some of use genuinely have no desire to parent.

    And some of us simply have more important things we'd rather be doing.
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    Re: Do you want children?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    not at all. society needs more children. I am willing to take on the (considerable) trouble and cost of having and raising them. but the facts remain that children take care of aged parents - and in a demographic situation where we don't have several workers per retiree, the state cannot afford to step in and ensure the same level of care. So State benefits will be reduced for all retirees, and those who have children will be able to depend on them while those who do not (hopefully) have saved enough to make up the difference on their own. The problem being that now (because of the reduced work force compared to retiree numbers) we face a situation where there is a shortage of resources available to take care of retirees, which leads to a bidding war, so hopefully you saved more than your neighbor as well....
    What if someone has things they'd rather be doing in life? Is pumping out kids the only way you see for people to contribute? How about the considerable trouble and cost of other types of great contribution? Because most of the time, that's why the childfree don't have kids - because it takes away from the time they have to dedicate to doing other things.

    you take care of your parents when they age. my folks are taking care of my grandparents, who took care of my great grandparents first. I will take care of them when they get older, and my sons will take care of me and my wife one day - gently telling me I shouldn't drive any more, and should let them come over every other weekend to do the yard work; or that maybe the house is too much for us to take care of now, but they found this really great place that's close to them... and so on and so forth. that's the beauty of family - we take care of each other.
    They do? I guess that's why nursing homes are springing up left and right, eh? Bringing another human being into the world with the automatic expectation of how they will spend the most productive years of their life is not only selfish, but it's a great way for you to wind up screwed by not planning around the fact that maybe, just maybe, they have their own ideas of what they want to do with their lives? Sounds like the same sort of imaginary "Kodak moment" that makes people who shouldn't have kids wind up with them in the first place.

    Mind you, that isn't to say I think it's bad when kids do this, and it also makes no statement about what I plan to do when my parents get older.

    if you want to commit suicide at a given age that's your deal - but let's not try to push that as the only option for others, eh?
    No one is. Just saying people need to make better plans than "Oh, I can just force another autonomous person to do it." And also that I would personally not be interested in being taken care of. But that is just me.
    Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 07-10-11 at 03:28 PM.

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    Re: Do you want children?

    And what if the kids you "pump out" have debilitating health issues? Is one supposed to "pump out" more, so they can not only care for the parent, but their older sibling?

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