Are you questioning whether having kids is right for you? We understand your hesitation. In today's world, it's not a shock when people decide to forego parenthood and pursue different life paths or family structures. Between monetary concerns, mental health considerations, personal values, or lifestyle choices, there are many reasons why some decide that having children isn't for them (or even their potential little ones).
1. Kids Can Be Annoying
One user shared, “Kids are annoying AF. Also, in this Economy, I can't afford [anything]. How tf am I supposed to have a kid as well??”
2. You Should Really Want Them First
One Redditor shared wisdom: “Better to want kids but not have them than to have them and not want them. You don't need reasons not to want kids. You better have really good reasons to have kids.”
Another user asked, “Why should I have really good reasons for having kids?”
“Because having a kid is a life-changing responsibility. For life. That's not a quirky little decision of ‘Yeah, why not?'” one user replied.
Another commenter added, “That doesn't mean it requires a really good reason. You just have to be a responsible adult that wants a kid.”
One Redditor concluded, “So you don't need a good reason; you just have to be good at parenting.”
3. Kids Are a Lot of Work
A user commented, “Too loud, too sticky, too smelly, too dependent, incomprehensible beings, I lack patience. I like the quiet; I like my sleep. I like my child-free life.”
4. Kids' Medical Concerns Add Up
One user elaborated on his reasons and posted, “I can't afford them, and I know my genes are volatile. My offspring would be almost guaranteed to inherit my medical issues.”
5. You Have Childhood Trauma
One user added, “Childhood trauma makes the idea of raising a child unthinkable. Also, an inability to work normal hours and provide for a child.”
6. You Don't Like Kids
One Redditor elaborated, “I don't like kids. Nope, they're not cute. They cost a lot. I hate loud noises. I am not a morning person. So, no to waking up early to prepare food for kids. I don't have enough patience.
“I can't even be responsible for myself most times; why would I want to bring another human? I prefer my solitude. I won't be able to function as a human mom. I'm a dog mom, but that's good enough for my caring nature.”
7. Kids Are Expensive
One user posted, “Tons of $$$.”
Another user calculated, “Based on statistics, it takes around $300 000 to raise a kid until 18 without any emergencies, and this was like 4-5 years ago. It's probably like 50k more now.”
8. Having Kids Can be Selfish
“More important question: why should you want to have kids? There's literally no unselfish reason to do so,” one Redditor commented.
Another user answered, “No reason to get rude towards people who do want kids.”
The OP responded, “Not being rude. It's just a fact.”
Another user asked, “I'm curious: why do you think it's selfish to want to have kids?”
The OP answered, “I don't think that….. It's a fact. People, the majority of the time nowadays, have children as an accessory to their own lives. You are neglecting the fact that they are bringing a whole human into this world. To make an entire soul(s) endure the ups and downs of life on earth just to fulfill your own personal feelings of having a child is nothing but selfish.
“So again, I ask? What reason is there… outside of selfishness on their own decision… to have one? I'm genuinely curious as to a reason why a person should that is beyond their own decision to do so.”
9. You Don't Want Them to Suffer on Earth
One Redditor shared his frustration, “I am mad this is the planet I've been stuck on, So I occasionally feel like I would not want to be responsible for another human having to experience what this life is like sometimes.”
Another user countered, “Earth is beautiful, though.”
10. You Don't Want to Pass On Health Issues
One user shared, “A rare genetic condition runs in the family; it has been found in my sister and me too, it s-cks, and I don't want to pass it down, and even if I don't, I have a sick mom, I know how hard it is on the child. I don't want to be the sick mom to another kid.
“I'm autistic, very sensitive to noise, textures, and smells, and will go crazy if I can't have quiet/alone time. So I wouldn't be a good mom, and I'd end up traumatizing the kid. I'm terrified of what pregnancy and giving birth do to a woman's body.
“That doesn't mean I'll never decide that I want a baby. But I'd be irresponsible for that.”
11. You Don't Think Life is Worth While
One user posted, “This world we live in is horrible; I hated going to school for the first 21 years of my life. I hate that all I have to live for is working to be able to afford to live. Why would I subject someone to live this life in this world? Also, I think people forget that their kids will eventually be grown—and often, parents fall short when teaching morals or how to be a good person; I know my parents didn't teach me things I wish they did. What if they turn out to be a killer or [sexually abuse others] no matter how hard I try to be a good parent? Yeah, it's a no. If I ever decide I want a child, I'll adopt a teen or something.”
12. You Don't Like Pregnancy and Childbirth
One user shared, “Pregnancy and birthing. Even if I was a millionaire and could afford kids and all their expenses, I could not birth them. I don't want my [body] ripping down to my [butt]. Then there's always a chance of dying. And you could go through all of that, and your kid may just die anyway. Not worth the pain.”
13. You've Lost Interest in Children
One Redditor also shared, “Lost interest after 30. I'm not in good health to have kids. There is stuff I want to do that I couldn't do when I was younger. I didn't have the money to travel anywhere where I wanted to take up expensive hobbies. Plus, there are plenty of children in foster care that need a home if there is a small chance I change my mind.”
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