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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    What are your thoughts?

    Children - Are They Worth It?

    The time. The money. The Effort. The caring. The mess. The poopy diapers.
    I certainly hope so because without them our species will cease to exist in the grand scheme of things.

    Due to our distinct human uniqueness in the animal kingdom, we are the only species given the option to choose our future instead of instinctively just choosing the best option for the immediate moment. As such, despite some accidents or unusual or forced circumstances or ulterior motives along the way, many if not most of us women, hopefully as a team with the father, will emotionally choose to bear children. It just seems right to do so.

    But rather than just go with the instinct to nurture and protect those children in the immediate, we also emotionally envision and do our best to promote a bright future for those children. And for our children to enjoy success in their own right as adults gives us a strong satisfaction.

    Are they are huge responsibility and a lot of work and involve worry, anger, disappointment, resentment, fatigue, and all other negative emotions? Yes they are, not only when they are babies but also when they are grown. Are they worth it? For me that is a resounding yes as they also involve unconditional love, amusement, accomplishment, companionship, love, respect, caring, pride, hope, comfort, and all other positive emotions.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    I certainly hope so because without them our species will cease to exist in the grand scheme of things.
    Nothing personal to you meant by this but I could not care less if humans disappeared from the earth after I was gone.
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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    A murderer putting a bullet through someone's brain is a medical procedure too.

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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    I think there is a certain amount of visceral satisfaction from seeing your children grow into
    adults that you respect and can have a conversation with.
    Grand children are even better than children!

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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    Nothing personal to you meant by this but I could not care less if humans disappeared from the earth after I was gone.
    That's kind of sad though. I like to think about all the great things humankind, especially my children, grandchildren and beyond, will be accomplishing after I am gone and can in a very small, unimportant way, will be able to say I participated in that. Also enjoy the satisfaction that I envisioned some of that when I was here. And I hope we get to watch after we are done here on Earth.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I think there is a certain amount of visceral satisfaction from seeing your children grow into
    adults that you respect and can have a conversation with.
    Grand children are even better than children!
    For sure it is most gratifying and also a relief when the kids turn out to be people we can look up to and respect. And yes, we are not so responsible for those grand kids so we can just enjoy them and then spoil them without having all the other work.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    That's kind of sad though. I like to think about all the great things humankind, especially my children, grandchildren and beyond, will be accomplishing after I am gone and can in a very small, unimportant way, will be able to say I participated in that. Also enjoy the satisfaction that I envisioned some of that when I was here. And I hope we get to watch after we are done here on Earth.
    I imagine the entire rest of our beautiful planet cheering for joy.
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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    A murderer putting a bullet through someone's brain is a medical procedure too.

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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by HowardBThiname View Post
    I voted "Yes," but I've never been able to see who voted for what after I cast my vote anyway. I can click "See Results" only before I vote and then see the names of those who voted, but after I vote, it defaults to just the bar graph and the numbers.
    You can click on the number of votes to the right of the question (if it is set up to show votes) and it will show the page displaying who voted for what.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    You can click on the number of votes to the right of the question (if it is set up to show votes) and it will show the page displaying who voted for what.
    Thanks -- good to know.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    What are your thoughts?

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    The time. The money. The Effort. The caring. The mess. The poopy diapers.
    We will spend our time doing one thing or another, what better way is there to spend your time then educating and raising a child of your own?
    The money? Ahh, its next to nothing in the long run. Don't get me wrong, there is an expense, but never ever a cost. Every cent I've ever spent on the children in my life I've gotten back with pure joy 10 fold.

    The caring, what is more worthy of your caring then a child? I have hobbies, I play guitar, love my stereo and my boat, but I don't care for any of them the way I do for the kids in my life, it's not even close.

    The Mess, the Poop? When you have a child and that baby poops on you it is the most beautiful thing in the world, what's the big deal? You get up, step into the shower and wash off, it's your child, you love and embrace that child and experience, it's a memory you'll have forever, it's a story you'll share for years to come.

    I never wanted children, my father was abusive, one day my wife changed her mind and wanted "something more", we couldn't conceive so we went through the foster care route. (If you have doubts I highly recommend it)

    After losing the first child we cared for (her maternal grand mother took her in) we received another child at the age of 3 days old. Almost 9 months to the day the adoption was final and we had our daughter, she is now 8 years old and I wouldn't trade 1 second of it ever. Sure it's trying, nerve wracking, and you want to pull your hair out at times, but the love you get back in return for just being there is uncountable.

    PM me if you'd like any details, being a parent is the bomb! I went into it thinking I was done, it was only last Friday I thanked my wife for showing me what true love really is.
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    Re: Children - Are They Worth It?

    My son was born when I just turned 19, it was tough trying to figure out my future and be a dad for him... I had many ups and downs, and got my **** together. Its cool to have a son!
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