“No children?” asked an uneasy family member. “I’m really sorry. I just asked you to clarify because you’ve been married for ten years.”
The only response I could think of was, “Please don’t be sad. I am not. It was our decision not to have children.” In reply, she looked both at her with disdain and apologies.
Like any parent eager to hear the ‘good news from their daughter following the ‘two-year itch’ or the honeymoon stage, My parents also asked me that question, only to get an unsatisfactory answer. I understand their enthusiasm for having their grandchild; however, my husband and I made this thoughtful decision before getting married.
I was in my mid-thirties and mid-forties, whereas he was in his forties. At this point in our lives, the priorities of our lives were different. We both love children, but we had different views about having our very own families. God’s intervention and life allowed us to have the chance to marry again, and we each were determined to get the best of what we had.
I had listened to the rules and etiquette of family members, but I clung to my conviction that having a child should be solely for the child’s sake.
There’s never a time that my husband and I haven’t regretted our decision. I’m happy since we made it a habit to revisit the idea of having children every few years and discuss it with one another to see if we were feeling similar.
Couples can reproduce because it is required of them after marriage, and they wish to carry on their family lineage or to fill the void left within their own lives or marriage by having a child. Unfortunately, such couples comprise the majority of.
Before dedicating the last 20 years of my existence to psychotherapy, I had a passion for Montessori education. I also completed a course in it. I was employed for eight years with children between 2 and six years old and loved every minute of it. Sometimes, I wonder whether it was fulfilling an unfulfilled mother’s instinct.
What would my life be like if I had kids that I had my own? Was I a decent patient and patient mother? Or would I have yelled constantly to my son? Could I be a controlling person? The uncertainty I feel will pass quickly, and I am back to my reality and realize I’ve made the right choice.
Couples with no children typically compensate through solid relationships and friendships. I also realized that we must prepare for the possibility of not having children to depend on for help. However, there is no assurance that kids will be available when you need to look after them. It’s a bitter pill that many have to swallow.
The vast and hefty choice is a challenging one to make. It’s also difficult to ignore the pressures of society, family, or the natural clock. But, it is essential to consider the real reasons for having children.
My family has embraced our decision, and I am very grateful. My husband and I feel complete as a couple today.
A brand new Swedish research has proven the long-term beneficial effects of exercise routines on health. The study, conducted over33 years, examined the relationship between the cardiorespiratory fitness of young men and the development of site-specific cancer as they aged.
The report, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concludes that there is a lower likelihood of developing nine of 18 cancers specific to sites in those who maintained a high fitness level through regular training in their teens.
Organs with a lower risk of cancer include the neck, head, deso, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, liver, rectum, kidney, and lead.
It was also discovered that people with more aerobic fitness levels had a 20-40% less risk of developing cancer at digestion sites.