Emily Yoffe has an excellent article on Slate entitled, “Why childless people hate me.” It’s well worth the read. Yoffe talks about changing her decision from not having children to having children. My favorite paragraph:
In our society parents do a wonderful job of portraying the difficulties of having children: the financial burdens, the time drain, the guilt, the exhaustion. But we do a lousy job of getting across something else about parenthood: It’s fun! When you are experiencing parenthood from the inside, there is an overwhelming pleasure in the funny, fascinating things your children do. When my daughter was 2, she put her arms around me as I was kissing her goodnight and said to me, ‘Mommy, you’re a wonderful husband.’ That was better than any of the movies I hadn’t been to since she was born.