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This is a group to discuss the joy of being childless! I am amazed at the number of atheists I have met over the past few years that are childless by choice, here is a place to discuss stories and experiences!

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Comment by TNT666 on December 6, 2011 at 4:20pm

My nearby-living three aunts/uncles sent my paternal grandparents to a home for the last 3 years of their lives. They'd been autonomous up until that point. Their family get-togethers were also the best of times from my youth. My maternal grandmother stayed in her apartment til the end. We three siblings have discussed mother, she'll be going to a 'home', there is no choice, all three are living in apartments, not houses. We were never close though.

Comment by Kosak Grabovsky on December 6, 2011 at 12:16pm

I loved that I had access to my grandparents. Dinners at my maternal grandparents were some of the best times of my childhood and teenage years. Though that was mostly because of the ever changing nature of my home situation, it was nice to have some consistency. And my paternal grandparents were only a few hours away, though in the mountains so we had access to fun in the snow every winter. 

I would never consider sending my parents away from my kids(not that im going to have any), and into a home.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 6, 2011 at 12:04pm

PR Girl, I did that, too. The woman I took care of was a marvel. She broke the "color barrier" in figure skating, not so much for herself, but for her students.  Her former students were always visiting and helping, and taking her places, especially her "boys."

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/feb/19/news/ls-20524

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You're right; people with grown children are more likely to end up in one of those nursing homes when they get too old, or disabled, to take care of themselves.  I don't understand it; grandparents used to be a vital part of a family.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on December 6, 2011 at 11:05am

I work as a caregiver for a lady who didn't have kids. She has people with her, paying individual attention to her 24/7. Out of all the old people I know she's the best off. I also knew old people who still had to go to homes even though they had kids.

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2011 at 8:47pm

Gregory - I've heard the same things too.

Comment by Jonel Burge on December 5, 2011 at 8:19pm

Exactly.

And having kids so they'll be 'obligated' to care for me when I get old? How fucking selfish is that? It's what I'm currently doing for MY FATHER because he refuses to exercise/stretch/care for himself. Selfish is having kids so they're free slave labor for when you're too lazy to care for yourself. Not forgoing kids because you know you can't care for them properly.

Comment by damian on December 5, 2011 at 8:17pm

It's responsible to not have kids:) It's responsible to be a good aunt or uncle. For the people with kids who feel sorry for me.; well, if they could read my mind, they would want to kick my ass.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on December 5, 2011 at 8:14pm

There's nothing selfish or immature about choosing not to take on unnecessary responsibilities that you don't want.

Comment by dr kellie on December 5, 2011 at 5:17pm

I have been lucky to surround myself with friends who don't have kids.  My best friend is 36, and will never have kids.  It is great for me.  I can only imagine how much a kid would ruin our shenanigans.

 

And consider, I feel that I am much more attractive to men and women because I am 42 and in shape and childless.  I get asked, "How many kids do you have?" sometimes, and when I say I have none, I can see the positive effect it has.  This is only on singles, of course.  Married with children people look at me like they feel sorry for me.  Whatev.  They will never know how fun it is to be over 40 and child-free.

Comment by damian on December 5, 2011 at 4:28pm

the more the better. I think it's 99.9% for me too.

 

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