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How can I help my wife cope with us being too old to have kids?

My wife and I met late and are now in our mid-40s. Having gone through early menopause, it's too late for us to have kids. She's very distraught about this (my feelings are more mixed) and feels like she's failed at the one thing that gives life purpose. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Mar 25, 2016 - 14 answers

What's the bright side of being single and childless?

I'm nearly 40 and have only had a few short-term relationships. For a long time I believed I was content to be single and not have kids, but I recently met someone and wound up liking him a lot, and then it quite suddenly wasn't working and was over. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Dec 27, 2015 - 37 answers

My husband can't orgasm during sex, help me cope?

We both want babies, and its really looking like its not going to happen - has this happened to you? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 9, 2015 - 20 answers

How to decide if adoption is the right choice?

My partner and I are struggling with infertility. We are thinking of options but I'm not sure how we navigate how we really feel about those options, particularly adoption. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2015 - 16 answers

No Kids? How did you fill that kid shaped hole?

The missus and I are working through the decision to procreate or not. She's not so interested, I kinda am. I'm looking for insight and experience from people who chose not to have children, but still care about and like to spend time with kids. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 - 30 answers

A question about parenthood from a single, childless guy

I am in my early forties, single and childless. Many of my peers have opted to marry and have babies. I don't see myself joining them any time soon but I'd like to understand them a little better. So what are the aspects of parenthood that single, childless people (men in particular) Just Don't Get? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jun 1, 2014 - 27 answers

Big 'V' Commemoration Gift

Mr. Fig is in the process of scheduling a vasectomy. I'd like to get him a small thank-you gift for 'taking one for the team' (ie, having surgery so I don't have to), and to commemorate our decision as a couple to remain childless. Basically, I'm looking for the inverse of a Push Present. I need ideas of what to give to him. [more inside]
posted by Fig on May 14, 2014 - 32 answers

Is there any good evidence around the Biological Clock / Baby Clock?

Has there ever been a prospective study tracking how many people who say "I'll definitely never want children" end up changing their minds? Or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on May 7, 2014 - 4 answers

How to talk to my partner about having kids when I don't want them

I know there are some variations on the question of having kids on MeFi, but I have something a little bit different. I am leaning towards not having kids, which my husband says he'd be ok with, but his actions tell me that he really wants them. How can we have a real conversation about this so that we have no regrets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Would you let this man coach your kid?

Is it generally acceptable for a childless man to coach youth sports? [more inside]
posted by erloteiel on Jul 8, 2013 - 23 answers

My wife doesn't want kids but I do -- is change of her mind possible?

After 2 years of marriage my wife (age 33) still doesn't want to have children while I (age 35) desperately want ones. Before marriage we have discussed it and she said that she would like to wait "for about a year" before trying for a baby. I agreed. Now she is saying that she isn't ready yet, and won't be ready for another 2 years. I thought that we have an agreement, but I was mistaken. Is it at all possible that she will change her mind, or postponing children for more years is just a stalling tactic on her behalf? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2013 - 64 answers

Third world woman needs consciousness raised

Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini on Aug 22, 2012 - 31 answers

Babies or no babies?

Is kids vs. no kids always a dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jan 31, 2012 - 57 answers

What am I now?

I recently became a homemaker without kids, and I'm feeling weird about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2011 - 50 answers

beggars can't be choosers.

i have never had a particular desire to have children, but i think the fact that my not having children will most likely be a matter of circumstance and not choice bothers me more than not ever having children. how do i avoid feelings of regret that the choice is no longer mine to make? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Oct 15, 2010 - 35 answers

Maybe a dingo can has mai babby

I feel really guilty, because of social and family pressure, for not wanting kids. I am sure my guilt over feeling like I want kids is less painful than having a kid I don't really want. Will this feeling of "I'm not an upright citizen because I don't want babies" go away? How can I make it better? How do MeFites without kids (by choice, or not) cope with being asked about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2010 - 51 answers

No Grandchild, Sorry!

How do I handle the demand, "Give me a grandchild?" [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Aug 12, 2010 - 36 answers

What is the proper level of affection in front of children?

I am a childless woman dating a man with children and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 - 29 answers

Single and childless: Any regrets in later life?

I am not desperate for relationships (quite the opposite), nor am I trying to run away from them. I am at a stage where I need to really focus on my career and I want to opt out of relationships, possibly for life (being the planner that I am, I need to pick one direction, at least for now- but this is a choice I can easily make for life). Another reason for this decision is that I am really comfortable living single and I don't particularly yearn for children at this point in life. [more inside]
posted by xm on Apr 8, 2010 - 31 answers

Last (wo)man standing

I'm 34, female, and I don't expect to have children. How do I cope with being in the minority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 57 answers

Is the cure baby aspirin? Because I'll take some .

Baby Fever... The biological clock is ticking hard. While I realize it is totally natural, and I know that eventually I want children, how do I calm the hell down? I feel such a huge sadness when I think that it might never happen... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 - 34 answers

how did you feel when you turned 40?

How did you feel when you turned 40? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on May 24, 2009 - 30 answers

Am I changing my mind or wasting his time?

My partner wants kids, but I've always been opposed to the idea. He's making me question that, though. How do I know if it's a real change of heart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 - 31 answers

Older, Married, and Childless? May we hear your story?

Looking for stories of satisfaction or regret from older married couples who decided not to have children. [more inside]
posted by bmosher on Jan 6, 2008 - 21 answers

Famous childless people

Who are the most famous people of recent times that were married but never had (or will have) children?
posted by vizsla on Aug 24, 2006 - 64 answers

Childless and happy?

Can childless couples have fulfilling lives? How do they spend all their free time and money? Is it a lonely existence? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on May 31, 2006 - 54 answers

Seeking Bizarro Genetic Crapshoot Panel

ComicStripFilter: Looking for a specific Bizarro comic panel... [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Feb 18, 2006 - 6 answers

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