I am child-free by choice.
It was an easy choice for me. I knew I didn’t want kids. Neither did my husband. It was part of what brought us together. But even though this choice was easy for me, the fallout from others’ judgment was a kick in the gut like, say, a mild contraction. Especially when I was in my 20s and 30s.
We live in a child-centric society. As such, there are assumptions about child-free people that are deemed as truisms. And people think it’s completely okay (which it isn’t, by the way) to make comments based on these assumptions.
Some of these comments include (but are not limited to):