Yes, I Like Kids; No, I Don't Want Any

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Six ugly truths about motherhood explain why I think motherhood is probably overrated and is not the be-all end-all, bee's knees, and cat's pajamas that some (but not all) mothers claim it to be.
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About Selena Brown

Selena Brown is a happy-go-lucky, free-spirited sista who joined the Army in 1984 at the age of 17 while she was still a senior in high school. 21 years later, in 2005, she retired as a Sergeant First Class (SFC)/E-7 at the age of 39.

She currently enjoys every minute of her military retirement by reading, writing free e-books, volunteering, mentoring, tutoring (algebra), mastering the fine art of doing something close to nothing, watching cartoons and reruns of Scrubs (best TV show ever!), spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, cruising, visiting animal sanctuaries, running, hiking, playing tennis and badminton, and singing (horribly and off-key) on 30-day road trips.

Her 3 Simple Rules For a Happier Life:

Rule #1: Misery dipped in chocolate is still misery.

Rule #2: Don't spend money you don't have, to buy things you don't need, to impress people you don't like.

Rule #3: Having money doesn't make you happy; having enough money is what truly makes you happy.

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Mari Biella reviewed on May 2, 2014

Thank heavens, someone who finally speaks some sense on this divisive issue! As someone who’s happily child-free and has never regretted it, I get heartily sick of people either implying or saying outright that I’d better get on and have children. Why? Because it’s just what people do (apparently). Because it’s good for society. So that my mother will experience the pleasure of being a grandmother. Because choosing not to have children somehow makes me a latter-day Lady Macbeth. Because it’s somehow selfish not to have kids (this reason often given by people who then say, apparently without irony, “Who will look after you in your old age?”).

As Brown says, the bottom line is this: do you really want to be a parent? Not because you think you should, or because somebody else is nagging you to do it, or for any of the other reasons that might be put forward, but because it is absolutely, unquestionably what you want? If so, then go for it. If not, then welcome to the “happily child-free” club – and read this book so that you’ll know what to say next time someone attacks you for your choice.
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Spyderwort Press reviewed on July 10, 2013

Bravo and "I agree" to every single word. I'm fortunately not one of those who's ever been pressured to have kids, having been happily single all my life. And since I'd much rather be writing than changing diapers, my mom is just as happy to have books for grandchildren. "Selfish" is the people who keep on shoving out kids into a world that is far too overpopulated already.
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hrhsophia reviewed on June 9, 2013

Preach it sister, preach it. I am constantly saying that if I wanted kids I would adopt despite the pressure being put on me by friends and family over my being over 6 feet and an ex-model and also having a taller, thin handsome Caucasian husband. The reason that our genes would make a beautiful mixed baby is just not enough for me. I look at the numbers of things available to determine rarity and with the number of kids out there, nope nothing rare about motherhood. I also look at the numbers to determine if i can afford the best of whatever it is I want. I was privileged to have a nice well-rounded education with art, music, tennis etc. That same education in the northeast of the US would cost me at least $15 K a year, half that in preschool! Ms. Brown this story should be required reading for wannabe parents!
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