More Childless Couples?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
More Childless Couples?
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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 2:58pm

New census data reveals that almost half of all American women of childbearing age are not having kids, possibly because being childless is becoming more acceptable and women are staying in their careers for longer: http://www.ivillage.com/are-more-us-becoming-childless-choice/4-a-394281

On the other hand: It's not nearly enough progress. While it's great that going the no-kids route is becoming a respectable choice, these stats show that women are still being forced to choose between career and family -- it's just not always the assumed choice that it was in the 1950s. This is because the American workplace has yet to catch up to our new reality: Where women now make up just over half of the American workforce and increasing numbers of men plan to be equal partners in parenting. These are good things. Plenty of research shows that both work and the family benefits from gender parity.

How much are the demands of your job playing a part in the decision on whether to have a child or not?

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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 12:52pm
My career (television production) would have been more difficult if I'd had children. I still could probably have been successful, but it might have taken longer, and my husband would have had to take a lot of responsibility for things like picking up the kids, and caring for them in the evenings, because he has a 9-5 job, and television...isn't! That said, the demands of the job didn't really play a role in my decision to be childfree. I just didn't want kids. More freedom and time to pursue a career I love was simply a bonus.
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Registered: 11-09-2011
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 12:20am

Hi!

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Fri, 11-11-2011 - 10:01am
Hi Katie, welcome to the board! I admire how you and your BF were able to determine what you wanted and went for it, not many people have the courage to do that. You probably have a rock solid relationship on which to build a family now, good luck!

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Registered: 11-28-2010
Thu, 11-17-2011 - 12:12am

It's figured in TONS for us - I am pretty sure if I didn't have an education and career, we've had had a baby by now.