I stumbled across a blog post yesterday regarding the choice to be Childfree. And the more I thought about it, the more I knew I had to share it with others. You can read the full post here. It is a lengthy, and very articulate, list of items related to remaining Childfree by choice as well as some additional color on parents, children and relationships. Well worth a read, even if you don’t agree with much of it, or any of it.
But it was something in the comments that really got me thinking. Someone felt the need to suggest that this particular woman seemed to be advocating discriminating against children. WHAT?
I believe I understood what the blogger was trying to say. CHOOSING to have children, either by a willing act OR by failing to take steps to prevent a pregnancy, does not grant you special status or rights as a “parent.” It is a very un-unique experience actually. And making the choice shouldn’t somehow put you in a special class of people.
I don’t believe she was advocating any sort of discrimination against children. But was instead making the point that having a child or being a parent does not make you unique or allow you certain privileges. It doesn’t automatically make you more tired, more broke, more organized, more caring or more anything than anyone that doesn’t have kids. It doesn’t somehow elevate you above all others.
Then I found this and just had to laugh