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14 Factors Contributing to the Increasing Popularity of Child-Free Lifestyle

The decision to have children is a personal one, not an obligation. Not everyone is suited for parenthood, and those who choose not to have children have valid reasons and perspectives.

A user asked the forum, “For those that don’t want any kids in the future, why?”. Here are the top responses.

IT IS A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY

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“It’s a huge responsibility. I’m not ready to be responsible for anyone else.”

I COULD NEVER RELAX AGAIN

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“I don’t want to worry about a kid for the rest of my life. I could never truly relax again. I just don’t feel like being a parent and watching over a child.”

NOT INTERESTED IN STRESS

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“Personally not interested in the stress, responsibility, and dedication it takes to look after babies, toddlers, and kids.

If I ever do have kids, I’ll look after them, but right now, and probably for a long time, I don’t see myself wanting to be around kids when coming home after a long day and then dealing with a screaming baby (ofcourse not all the time) which needs attention the entire time I’m home.”

I DON’T THINK I WOULD BE A GOOD MOTHER

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“1). I spent pretty much my entire childhood helping to raise my seven younger siblings. I’m, frankly, all mothered out.

2). I don’t think I’d be a good mother and in order to find out if I am wrong, I have to open Pandora’s Box. If I open the box and am wrong, a child suffers for my choice.

3). I really, really, really don’t want to have children. Nor do I feel that the current world I live in and the future are ones I want to bring children into.”

I NEVER WANTED IT

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“Just not something I have ever wanted. Believe it or not, there are just some people out there who don’t have a parental instinct.”

I LIKE PEACE, QUIETNESS, AND CLEANLINESS

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“Because I like peace, quiet, cleanliness, free time, and last but not least. Money.”

I DON’T WANT TO GIVE UP ON MY HOBBIES

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“Many reasons.

  1. I don’t have a partner.
  2. I don’t make enough money to support them in a way I think they’d deserve
  3. My country is divided and seems to be making more terrible decisions that will directly impact my children’s future.
  4. I don’t want them.
  5. I don’t want to give up my hobbies and free time to be a parent.
  6. The world already has a ton of people.

I HAVE NO MATERNAL INSTINCT

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“I have no maternal instinct toward kids. Nothing makes me want to hold a baby or play with a toddler. I don’t find a child laughing or a baby cooing adorable.

I also have anger issues and refuse to put a kid through what my dad put me through. I got to break the cycle somewhere.”

KIDS ARE ANNOYING

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“Kids are annoying. I don’t have the patience. I also have lots of issues. I would probably snap and treat them badly in some way, unfortunately. I’m better off without kids.”

I DON’T WANT TO PASS ON MY TERRIBLE GENETICS

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“I don’t want to pass on my terrible genetics and generational trauma to anyone else.”

THEY ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE

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“They’re really expensive and needy, and I don’t understand their math homework. I’m not really sure how to break the news to them, though.”

I AM TOO SELFISH

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“I’m too selfish. I wanna be able to do what I want when I want, and I don’t wanna worry about how that’s gonna affect a kid. If I wanna spend all day laying on the beach, we can do that.”

I STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY

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“I struggle with anxiety, especially in the setting of higher stress environments and lack of sleep. I struggled a ton with adjusting when I got my puppy, and that was only for 2-3 months. I can’t imagine how I’d be a good parent to someone who is dependent on me for a few years.”

I AM BROKE

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“I’m broke. Also, working all the time and leaving a baby alone at home is a major NO.”

NOT A KIDS PERSON

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“I’m not a kid. I don’t want to live with other people under one roof, especially not unreasonable, ungrateful, and dependent people. I finally hit the sweet spot of financial stability, work-life balance, free time, and energy. Why ruin that?”

I just straight-up hate kids. This has been a thing for me since I was a kid, and nothing has changed my mind decades later.”

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