More and more people these days are becoming childfree by choice, in turn celebrating time, freedom, and opportunities they have reserved for themselves. Meanwhile, economists have pointed to the fact that the fertility rate has fallen every year since 2007, as the Great Recession made millennials put off child-rearing for years.

But in order to get a glimpse of what childfree life is really like, you have to look at what people who opt out of having babies have to say about it. So we looked at the corner of Reddit “Childfree,” which is a place for discussion of the childfree lifestyle.

With a whopping 1.4M members, it surely has a lot to say on this matter, so let’s see some arguments on living with no kids right below. Also, after you’re done, be sure to check out part 1 of the post right here.

#1

What Could Be More Important Than Creating Life?

What Could Be More Important Than Creating Life?

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nanashi
Community Member
1 month ago

I would happily donate my womb and breasts for the other girl or trans who needs them or want to have a child. I'm not gonna use them.

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#2

Family Is What You Make

Family Is What You Make

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Hear, hear!

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#3

I Love Steve Hofstetter. Walter Is His Dog

I Love Steve Hofstetter. Walter Is His Dog

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Kristof De Smet
Community Member
1 month ago

This has nothing to do with having kids or not, everything with education. I always remind my children to be careful in the presence of any kind of animals, never scare them, be respectful.

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To find out what people who choose not to have kids have to say about the childfree lifestyle, Bored Panda reached out to Amy Blackstone, professor of sociology at the University of Maine and the author of “Childlfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family & Creating a New Age of Independence.

When asked if such a lifestyle is getting more popular nowadays, which it certainly feels like it, Amy said that it’s certainly more popular “in the sense that more people are aware of it as an option than ever before.”

According to the professor and book author, “That is largely thanks to the willingness of childfree people to speak out about their choice and of course to the decades-long work of reproductive justice advocates. Whether more people than in the past will ultimately remain childfree for their lifetimes remains to be seen.”

#4

Been Waiting 20 Years For A Comeback Like This

Been Waiting 20 Years For A Comeback Like This

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

The circle is complete

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#5

I Can’t Believe This Is Still Even A Thing

I Can’t Believe This Is Still Even A Thing

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

People ask me how many children I have, and when I say "None", they look at me in a funny manner. "Oh, you can't have any?" I reply: "No, I don't want any."

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#6

Pug Slide (Found On Facebook)

Pug Slide (Found On Facebook)

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The pugs look so happy! And, that looks like so much fun.

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“Certainly more millennials are currently childfree than were previous generations at their age, but there hasn't been a dramatic increase in lifetime childlessness,” she said and added that only “time will tell whether today's millennials are opting out of parenthood altogether or simply delaying it.”

There's a common misconception that parenthood defines us unlike anything else. Amy said that there are “good reasons that this misconception is so common. Almost from the moment we are born, we are taught that becoming a parent is one of the most important milestones of adulthood. For this reason, it makes sense that folks might think that parenthood is the be all, end all experience.”

#7

Since They're Trying To Ban Abortion...

Since They're Trying To Ban Abortion...

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Random Anon
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess according to the pious in the US, the foetus is an important member of society who needs to be protected and cherished. Until they are born. Beyond that point, they're on their own and on their way to contributing into the coffers of the top 1%.

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#8

Child Fees Should Be A Thing And Dogs Should Be Free

Child Fees Should Be A Thing And Dogs Should Be Free

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beavis
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends because I still fall under the category of a child but all I do is sit on a blanket watching tv

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#9

For The Childfree Motorist

For The Childfree Motorist

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Good rule: Just don't crash into the other car

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However, “we know from all kinds of social science research that having kids is not required for living a complete, happy, and fulfilling life,” the professor explained and recommended everyone looking for the answers to read her illuminating book “Childfree By Choice.

#10

Just A Nice Quote I Read And Felt Like Sharing

Just A Nice Quote I Read And Felt Like Sharing

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

They lied to us... I'm a 30 something year old with no kids and it is not the dream they sold us

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#11

Letter From An 85 Year Widow: My Childfree Experience And A Few Humble Opinions

Letter From An 85 Year Widow: My Childfree Experience And A Few Humble Opinions

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

My great aunt never had children. From what I remember it was because her and her husband didn't want to. No shame in that.

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#12

I Swear

I Swear

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Kay blue
Community Member
1 month ago

My tattoos didn't hurt anywhere near the pain level of childbirth!

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It’s hard to say whether opting not to have kids will stay popular with future generations. According to Amy, “it depends on what we mean by 'popular' but if what you're referring to is whether the idea that having—or not having—children is a choice, I'd say that yes, our awareness of that reality will continue to grow.”

It’s just that more and more people are speaking out about their choice not to have kids. “And thanks to their bravery in speaking out, we now know that parenthood is simply one of many paths available to us,” she concluded.

#13

Think I Pissed Off My Obgyn

Think I Pissed Off My Obgyn

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

It's ridiculous how women are denied agency over THEIR OWN DAMNED BODY and men can just do whatever they want. I mean, men can even walk away from their wife and child, not file for (joint) custody, and most people are like 'ah, divorce, too bad'. When a woman walks away from her husband and child and doesn't want custody, all hell breaks lose and she's painted like an evil villain.

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#14

I Wish More People Realized Just How Much A Bad Parent Can Mess Up Their Children

I Wish More People Realized Just How Much A Bad Parent Can Mess Up Their Children

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

Totally agree

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#15

Welp. There It Is

Welp. There It Is

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

A married friend of mine has a daughter. She wishes she could have more children, but her body told her: nope, that's it. Her worry is for me. "Have children before it's too late," is her advice. Nah, I'm good.

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#16

Top Notch Product Review

Top Notch Product Review

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leia's emotional cupcake
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1 month ago

114 people found this helpful

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#17

Imagine That. Maybe One Day

Imagine That. Maybe One Day

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's actually a good point. I think more people are checking if they made a big mistake more than they want to know if they are actually pregnant

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#18

Just One Simple Trick To Save Money

Just One Simple Trick To Save Money

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max murray
Community Member
1 month ago

big brain

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#19

Saw This Meme And Thought You Guys Would Enjoy It, Too

Saw This Meme And Thought You Guys Would Enjoy It, Too

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Karin Jansen
Community Member
1 month ago

Hehe this made my day :)

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#20

Actress Jameela Jamil Celebrates Her Successful Cf Life, Shrugs Off Haters

Actress Jameela Jamil Celebrates Her Successful Cf Life, Shrugs Off Haters

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Wonder Woman 848
Community Member
1 month ago

CowboyHank, we understand and value your opinions. BUT! Abortion isn't murder. If it was, you could sue for it. If you believe abortion = bad, don't have one! simple as that! What you don't do is ruin a completely good post with your pro life bullshit. It's the same with others, don't ruin a good post with your pro- abortion bullshit. I am done with my angry Bored Panda rant!

Logic and Reason
Community Member
1 month ago

Hell no, I don’t value his opinion. Dude’s a bigot with a baaad case of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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BAN CAPITAL LETTERS
Community Member
1 month ago

hello CowboyHank there was never a baby. They don't abort when you're at the baby stage

Will Ivansco
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the whole point actually, no baby

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Ben Moss
Community Member
1 month ago

2% of pregnancies are life-threatening. So abortion actually SAVES lives.

Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw a bumper sticker once that said "What if your mother had had an abortion?" My response: I'm pretty sure I wouldn't care.

vogonpoet
Community Member
1 month ago

My abortion sucked, but only because I hemorrhaged afterwards. It sucked. But having a sixth child would have sucked too. I've done my bit for overpopulation, and have four daughters who are extremely well educated on their rights to do whatever the f*** with their bodies and lives.

Kye
Community Member
1 month ago

You go lady!!

John Doe
Community Member
1 month ago

✨respeckt✨

Mimi777
Community Member
1 month ago

CowboyHank -guess what buddy women will have abortions and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it. So stay mad, just know you can’t stop anyone from having one.

Enlee Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

You go, girl!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect response.

Susan Egan
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm and adoptive mother. I am pro-choice. My kids both know their mothers could have aborted them and they opted not to. After going through adoption I can say it's so very, very hard on the birth mothers. We heard stories from social workers about birth mothers being debased in the hospitals by nurses for "giving up their babies" even when the nurses knew this was the birthmothers plan. Our agency made sure the BirthM held the baby so they were doubly sure, just in case they wanted to change their mind. It sounds so easy, you don't want the baby just place it for adoption. It's not easy. People stick their noses into what is going on. Pressure. The list is lengthy. In many ways I'm surprised it even happens. BTW adopting is tough, as it should be, they should not just place a baby any ol' place. It's expensive and frustrating. Not everyone can afford to adopt or are willing to adopt.

Susan Egan
Community Member
1 month ago

CowboyHank, I'm a bit confused you told Jamie Clark that needing your body to filter her blood for nine months and not getting it would be a natural death. If a fetus cannot survive outside the body, isn't that a natural death? The sperm is "alive" as is the ovum. An embryo is formed and after several weeks a fetus. In reality all they are, are specialized cells dividing and multiplying. We have specialized cells throughout our bodies. A virus is a specialized cell that can be spread from person to person. When specialized cells go crazy no one objects to ending their lives. If you have cancer would you object to it being removed? Don't go to the "are you saying cancer is the same as..." No. I am saying that removing cells from your body that are dividing isn't murder.

Riobha
Community Member
1 month ago

I had my abortion 50 years ago. I STILL don't regret it!

Nikki Owens
Community Member
1 month ago

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Who's she trying to convince?

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe those sending her messages about her abortion? Like she clearly stated in the first sentence?

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Axolotl King
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1 month ago

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Ok i get what most of you think about abortion and how its a womans body and therefore should be her choice, and therefore men should have no say in the matter. HOWEVER, imagine if your gf/wife/whoever got pregnant, (your the male in this scenario) and you were excited because you wanted a kid. The pregnant female, however, doesn't. You say that you are willing to raise the kid, no child support whatever it takes, because you want a kid. Now if that female goes and gets an abortion, she just took your kid from you. Wouldn't you be angry? I think it takes 2 to make a kid and therefore 2 should have a say in whether or not the baby gets aborted. Also, i really don't see the point in most abortions. If you didn't want a child, then you should be responsible. Even if you were responsible and still ended up getting pregnant (like my mom w/ me and my sister) then really i have no opinion there, so thats where im willing to listen to other peoples opinions. If you have a child who you want

qwerty
Community Member
1 month ago

Now imagine that you're a female and you have to go through an insane amount of pain, potential complications alongside that pain, being the only source of nutrition for the result of that pain for at least a year, and you can't opt out because the person who does not have to go through any of this says so. Wouldn't you be mad? I think that only 1 has to suffer in such a manner, and therefore only 1 should be allowed to decide. And furthermore, why and how a person got pregnant should not be considered relevant to whether or not they have an abortion.

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AzKhaleesi
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1 month ago

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This is not a good representation... first off I've said it before I'll say it again. Abortion is NOT birth control that pisses me off. If it's medically necessary - fine. Rape / Incest? I'm on the fence because adoption is a real thing especially for families that can't have children and want them. But to just abort because you don't use birth control is disgusting. And no everyone that doesn't have children become effing millionaires.

Frankenfrog
Community Member
1 month ago

You're sick, you know that? Forcing someone who was raped to birth a child because some entitled people wants a child? The f**k is the matter with you

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CowboyHank
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1 month ago

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Yeah, but how's the baby?

Mir Adwari
Community Member
1 month ago

It was never a baby. No need to be emotional and uninformed - do some reading.

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#21

The Double Standards Are Wild

The Double Standards Are Wild

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Direct hit!

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#22

I Think Someone Working In This Store Is Childfree

I Think Someone Working In This Store Is Childfree

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Random Anon
Community Member
1 month ago

This needs to be shown in schools on the topic of financial planning.

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#23

GF Wanted A Dog, I Didn’t. What Happens? We Got A Dog. Then GF Wants Kids, I Don’t

GF Wanted A Dog, I Didn’t. What Happens? We Got A Dog. Then GF Wants Kids, I Don’t

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

GREAT CHOICE! I'm happy to see a man who doesn't fall for the babytrap. Also happy he kept the dog, he's obviously the better choice.

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#24

Don't Do That

Don't Do That

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

How about don’t comment on the things people buy.

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#25

Goals

Goals

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

So true. I have one child and he costs a fortune.

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#26

Louder For The People In The Back!

Louder For The People In The Back!

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

Totally agree - I have two kids

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#27

"Without Kids, Your Christmas Must Have Been So Boring"- My Sil

"Without Kids, Your Christmas Must Have Been So Boring"- My Sil

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Lorelai Dewrell
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this isnt my Christmas with my significant other I dont want it

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#28

Truth Hurts

Truth Hurts

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I have heard people say that having children keeps you young. I usually reply: Have you looked in the mirror recently? Yeah, I'm evil.

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#29

When Being Child Free Gets You Extra 40 Hours/Week Of Work

When Being Child Free Gets You Extra 40 Hours/Week Of Work

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't get the 'you're salaried, so no compensation'. I'm salaried too (almost everyone is here), for 32 hours a week. If I need to work more than 32 hours, I get compensated for those extra hours. I mean, in what world does being salaried mean 'you are compensated for 40-168 hours a week'??

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#30

Wise Words

Wise Words

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

My mother raised us kids to think like her, to be like her, to basically obey her every command. My siblings were a bit more amenable to her demands. I was not. No wonder we were at constant loggerheads.

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#31

Is Anyone Else Thrilled To Not Have Kids Whenever They See/Hear One?

Is Anyone Else Thrilled To Not Have Kids Whenever They See/Hear One?

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Angela Brisebois
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1 month ago

This is my husband and I word for word. Thank you.

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#32

Wife Of 7 Years Left Because I Didn't Want Kids

Wife Of 7 Years Left Because I Didn't Want Kids

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

He is definetly not the bad guy, his point of view was clear all the time

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#33

I Think We Can All Agree On This Post I Saw Today

I Think We Can All Agree On This Post I Saw Today

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Something
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1 month ago

Plants can be harder to care for than pets though. They're strange creatures with strange needs.

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#34

I Got Pregnant After My Tubal Ligation And Doctors Are Treating It Like A Happy Miracle As I Sit Here Horrified

I Got Pregnant After My Tubal Ligation And Doctors Are Treating It Like A Happy Miracle As I Sit Here Horrified

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

It's inappropriate for medical professionals to congratulate you on being pregnant when they knew you had a tubal ligation for the express purpose of not having any children. I hope that you received the help you needed.

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#35

My Friend Sent This To Me [humor]

My Friend Sent This To Me [humor]

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I was told: All you need is to meet the right man. Well, the right man will not want children either.

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#36

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Alethia Nyx
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1 month ago

Betty White is queen.

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#37

Everyone: 'Have A Baby!' Me:

Everyone: 'Have A Baby!' Me:

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

That void is adorable. Who needs a little human to fit into a onesie?

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#38

This. Is. Imporant

This. Is. Imporant

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Sarah Grape
Community Member
1 month ago

yes! a lot of cultures (like mine) are under the impression that getting married when you're 18 is normal....and for some reason, a 20 year old getting divorced is also considered quite normal

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#39

They Got Me - Had To Slow Down For This One

They Got Me - Had To Slow Down For This One

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A U T O P H O B I A
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, but hear me out. I hit that kid because he hit my dog he had it coming. /s

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#40

I Have A Lot Of Reasons For Not Wanting Kids, And The World Being On Fire Is Definitely Among Them

I Have A Lot Of Reasons For Not Wanting Kids, And The World Being On Fire Is Definitely Among Them

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm pretty sure there will be an article soon with the headline "Millennials killing the Paediatrician business by not having children"

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#41

I Will Never Ever Ever Get Tired Of Silence

I Will Never Ever Ever Get Tired Of Silence

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Angela Brisebois
Community Member
1 month ago

To nap, to do, to be as I want to be. I love it.

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#42

I'm Going To Print Out A Stack Of These And Hand Them Out To People Who Bingo Me

I'm Going To Print Out A Stack Of These And Hand Them Out To People Who Bingo Me

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Elisabet Larsen
Community Member
1 month ago

I am pushing 43. Have known my husband for almost 20 years. Never had kids because we dont want to. People still tell me I might change my mind and it is not too late. You cant win. Our families and closest friends have always supported our decision though.

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#43

Cf

Cf

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

LOL You gotta love that leg in the air.

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#44

"What Could Be Better Than Having Kids Then?"

"What Could Be Better Than Having Kids Then?"

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Ben Moss
Community Member
1 month ago

Money will never scream “I hate you, Dad!” at you.

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#45

"Being A Young Woman Without Kids Is A Privilege." No, It's An Active Decision

"Being A Young Woman Without Kids Is A Privilege." No, It's An Active Decision

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Nika
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd love to join the group.

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#46

Posted By A Friend With A Few Kids On Facebook

Posted By A Friend With A Few Kids On Facebook

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Elise Trimmer
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha ha ha! Oh... Add peeing when you laugh.

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#47

My Bloodline Ends With Me

My Bloodline Ends With Me

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BorPand8
Community Member
1 month ago

This is awesome lol.

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#48

I'm 53. My Wife Is 60. We've Always Been Staunchly Childfree. Can I Tell You... It Only Gets Better

I'm 53. My Wife Is 60. We've Always Been Staunchly Childfree. Can I Tell You... It Only Gets Better

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Mangrovee
Community Member
1 month ago

I aspire to be like that when I’m older lol

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#49

Life Is Gooooood

Life Is Gooooood

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Janelle Madison
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol i somehow missed that in the movie