I Don’t Have Any Children

What are you most proud of in the last year?
Getting my cataract surgery, so I can see without wearing glasses.

If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about?
My puddle splashing days are long behind ne now.

Do you feel free? Why or why not?
I have a lot of freedom and that probably shows best in my writing, as no subject is taboo for me.  I come here to have fun and if I write something that is not appropriate for a 10-year-old to read, well I didn’t invite them here in the first place and it is not my responsibility to control what somebody else’s children are doing.

What life skills are rarely taught but are extremely useful?
People should be taught how to be a parent and just because you are old enough to have sex, that does not mean that you are capable of raising a family.  People need a license to drive a car, but any idiot can have a kid.  The best way to learn about parenting is probably by watching how your own parents raised you, that is if you came out alright from the experience.  Divorce is much more prevalent now and this harms most children.  There are probably some articles in magazines that would be helpful, but mostly once that kid pops out, you are on your own.  If you don’t interact with your children, their brains will never develop properly.

I am very grateful to Di for explaining how I can block spammers.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

14 thoughts on “I Don’t Have Any Children

  1. Most people are not prepared for the sacrifices required for proper parenting. I wanted to divorce when my kids were very young, but that would have been bad for them, so I decided I would be the one to suffer until they were teenagers…

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    1. You are a very kind person Paula and I think that your kids should come before your own happiness up to a point. I am sure that all of your daughters have turned into productive members of society.

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  2. If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about? I still splash about

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  3. Thank you Jim for Sharing Your World! That parenting scenario echoes what I think about it too. If a person has kids, a person is responsible to raise them. If the person has chosen badly as to their spouse or significant other, that’s a hardship they need to endure until the kids are grown and out of the house in my opinion. It’s not scientifically back up, but it seems to me that kids whose parents divorce have more problems than kids whose parents stay together. My parents stayed together and fought like dogs and cats in a bag, but they toughed it out. I’ll always be grateful they did too. Your thought might lead to another class suggestion – how to pick a life partner. The heart wants what the heart wants and all that, but getting to know someone you plan to have children with is a good idea BEFORE you bring kids into a bad situation. If the person is abusive before children are a factor, it’s common sense that they’ll be abusive after kids are born. Maybe to the kids. Drug and alcohol addiction are other ‘hot spots’ for me with regard to having children. If someone is so invested in getting drunk or high, for God’s sake get sterilized. Why drag innocents into the mess? Sorry, I soap-boxed a little here. All your answers were great, as I expected. Take responsibility for a child is the parent’s job. Not the schools, churches or neighbors. It’s a messed up world sometimes. Thanks, Jim!

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  4. Aw, bless you for the mention Jim. You’re welcome. He turned up in my trash today… and is deleted.
    I had a happy childhood, but kids were not in my future, though not by choice. Ho hum. I fostered teenagers and believe I was good at it, raised a young family for almost 8 years, and have a host of nieces and nephews over a couple of generations. When I see how some of them turned out, I’m glad I didn’t have any, though when I see their parents, I’m not surprised. In some instances, I wish I wasn’t related.

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