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View Poll Results: Your Parenting Status?
Female No kids by choice 4 18.18%
Male no kids by choice 4 18.18%
Female no kids yet 0 0%
Male no kids yet 0 0%
Female no kids -maybe wanted just never happened 1 4.55%
Male no kids -maybe wanted just never happened 1 4.55%
Female have biological kids only 1 4.55%
Male Have biological kids only 7 31.82%
Female have step kids only 0 0%
Male have step kids only 1 4.55%
Female have adopted kids only 0 0%
Male have adopted kids only 1 4.55%
Female have mix of bio/step/adopted kids 1 4.55%
Male have mix of bio/step/adopted kids 1 4.55%
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:25 PM   #1
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Do You Have Children?

Not posted in parenting because duh....

Curious. Seems to me there are a lot of ?voluntarily childless adults on this forum and I wondered how that compared to real-world stats (still working on a reliable source for those)

....and if there are more than population average, I wonder if it's because personality or life experience makes non-parents more likely to use online forums, or they just have more time.....?
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:37 PM   #2
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:13 AM   #3
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Stepkids are more age-related. Very few 40-year-olds have a biological baby, but it's never too late to add a stepkid to the mix. So if the forum skews older (which I can't prove but I feel like it does,) then I bet it skews more toward stepkids than the general population, too.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:17 AM   #4
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To be fair we were younger when we snuck into the cellar.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:11 AM   #5
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I can currently say I have kids, but in three years, poof. They will be adults.

damn
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:33 AM   #6
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And, still your kids.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:35 AM   #7
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biological children, step children, I'm a dutch uncle and a godfather. And Twil's kids call me Dad, making me in loco parentis, right?
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Old 03-13-2017, 09:54 AM   #8
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It just didn't happen for me. I've been a strange duck all my life and never ever heard the clock ticking. I was more afraid of accidentally getting pregnant while single. DID NOT want to live life as a single Mom. Plus, I didn't get married until I was 40 and he was 'fixed", so there's that. He did have two boys, so it wasn't like we were childless. He did ask me early on in the marriage if I would like him to get it reversed, so that we could have a child together. I just thought it was too late for me to get pregnant (and was still secretly worried that I would end up raising it alone sometime in the future, anyway.)
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:52 PM   #9
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Never really wanted them. Don't regret not having them. Too late now (tubes tied, and now I'm an old too!).
Far far too scary to send anyone I care about out into the future, too, tbh.
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:40 PM   #10
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I can clearly see both paths.

I have kids, and am glad I do, but I'd be happy without kids too. I'd be doing different stuff, I think.

Kids are gonna be gone soon anyway, so I should get used to the idea of it just being me and Mrs glatt. Without kids, you get to focus on yourself more. Instead of having all your energy and time going in to the kid thing.

Plus vacations in the off season rock! My wife needs to transition out of teaching so we can do that again.
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Old 03-13-2017, 03:06 PM   #11
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I have no children. By choice. By many, conscious, purposeful choices.
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Old 03-13-2017, 03:34 PM   #12
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I have no children. By choice. By many, conscious, purposeful choices.
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:55 PM   #13
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I can currently say I have kids, but in three years, poof. They will be adults.

damn
In a month, 2/3 of my kids will be adults
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:40 AM   #14
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I can clearly see both paths.

I have kids, and am glad I do, but I'd be happy without kids too. I'd be doing different stuff, I think.

Kids are gonna be gone soon anyway, so I should get used to the idea of it just being me and Mrs glatt. Without kids, you get to focus on yourself more. Instead of having all your energy and time going in to the kid thing.

Plus vacations in the off season rock! My wife needs to transition out of teaching so we can do that again.
Absolutely my situation too! But the little one's only 3,5yo, so I'm focusing a lot on projects I like to do and hoping she will pick up my interests by dragging her along ;-)
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:47 AM   #15
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I was married to a person who was incapable of feeling emotions. She kind of knew she had no soul, and decided she didn't want to have kids.

Good choice. It's bad to have a mother without a soul.

She would have forced them to reflect her perfectionism. They would have had eating disorders and painful anxiety at the minimum.
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