I’m a mother and a step-mother. I am happy with my choice, but I know it’s not for everyone.
My daughter who is now a teenager and discovering love for the first time has mentioned to both me and her father that she may not want children in her future. We both had very different reactions.
Her dad took it personally. He has 3 kids and none of them want children. Our daughter was his last hope to become a grandfather. He was sad that his family wasn’t going to continue.
Our daughter is my only child. I could have had a similar reaction, but instead I applaud her for stating what she wanted. I wanted her to know that it’s okay not to want kids or even like them. I wanted her to know that she can have any life that she wants and kids isn’t the only way for a women to find fulfillment. She is still very young and she may change her mind in the future and that’s okay too. The importance here is that she knows what she wants and does what makes her happy.
Motherhood isn’t for everyone and we need to stop acting like it is.