The French Surrender Again… to Parenthood?
French author Corinne Maier has written a book called No Kid: 40 Reasons Not to Have Children
“The child has become so vested with importance, such a huge burden requiring so many changes to one’s way of life that having one has become inhumane, so my advice to people is don’t have any,” says Maier.
Here are 20 of her reasons:
— Childbirth is torture
— You will become a mobile feeding bottle
— You will struggle to continue having fun yourself
— You will lose touch with your friends
— You will have to learn a language of idiots to communicate with your children
— Your children will kill your desire
— Children sound the death knell of the couple
— Having children is conformist
— Children are expensive
— You will be duped into thinking that there is such a thing as a perfect child
— You will inevitably be disappointed by your own child
— You will be expected to be a mother before you are a professional and a woman
— Families are a nightmare
— Children will put the seal on your childhood dreams
— You can’t stop yourself wanting complete happiness for your progeny
— Staying at home to look after children is breathtakingly dull
— You have to choose between motherhood and professional success
— When a child appears, the father disappears
— There are already too many children on the planet. Times Online Article
Commentary: Parenting is not easy. Slackers need not apply. Parenting is likely the single greatest personal challenge possible. It takes a tremendous investment of emotions, time, energy, and resources. And I never really appreciated what my parents had done for me until my 20’s when I became a Dad. Raising the next generation is no small task, but you can do it! And to absentee husbands and fathers: your family desparately needs you–your love & leadership! Parenting is your opportunity to shape the world.
Never! Never! Never surrender!