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Men should not be in this study as they can have children at any time. Regrets do not appear until the window of opportunity closes. So the “regrets” question should be asked of post menopausal women to be meaningful. This has biased the study to produce the desired results of the research.
I’m childfree by choice and was ahead of my time. I never had that ‘maternal’ instinct and being around children for more than 5 minutes absolutely unnerves me. I don’t have the patience, don’t want the responsibility and don’t feel I would have made a good mother, whatever that is. I’ve never regretted it. Like finds like. I’ve known many women who never wanted children. We just stay away from those who do because we don’t want to attend the birthday parties, the religious parties, can’t really talk to the ‘famlies’ because they are all about ‘that’ and rightly so. Different strokes, for different folks. And no, I don’t worry about ‘later in life.’ Having a kid doesn’t guarantee anything.
I’d like to see a companion study: “how many parents regret having children”…?
There’s a taboo to never say that out loud, but I suspect a significant minority wish they never had a child
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