Choosing not to have children
Many people describe their children as their greatest joy, the moment their kids were born as their proudest moment.
But it's not for everyone, and an increasing number of people are choosing not to have children. A 2012 study by Statistics New Zealand found that 15 per cent of women aged 40 to 44 were childless, up from 12 percent in 1996 and 9 per cent in 1981.
While of course that's not always by choice, Statistics New Zealand researchers Bill Boddington and Robert Didham estimated in 2007 that voluntary childlessness had increased more than ten-fold, from less than 1 percent of women born in 1936, to about 1 in 10 women born in 1965.
It's not just a woman's decision either; many couples and men make the choice not to procreate.
Have you decided not to have children? Why? And do you feel pressured or treated with disdain because of it?
Alternatively, what do you think of couples who deliberately choose not to have children? Are they missing out, and do you think they'll regret their choice when they get older?
Share your views on the choice to have kids.
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