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I’d like to say I support Pat’s stance on being childfree. It’s not something to be brushed off or disregarded. What he does in his life does not affect his co-anchor’s and vice versa.
Having children is not for everyone, being responsible to realize and acknowledge this fact should be commended instead of ridiculed. How often to we see the sad heart rending stories of children neglected or abused? We all secretly think that the parents of those children shouldn’t have procreated and somr even go as far as to say “some people shouldn’t have kids”. This is after the fact. Once abuse or neglect has been afflicted.
Yet, when a person or couple makes the decision to forgo parenthood, othet parents losr their minds. Volleying attacks and remarks of “who will care for you when you’re old” and “you’ll never know true love until you have a child”.
To quote many of our parents “just because you’re friends are jumping off bridges doesn’t mean you have to too!”
Just because Pat and his wife chose to not be parents does not devalue anyone for choosing to be parents themselves. It’s their lives and they shall live them how they want. And I find it shameful that even his own coworkers cannot respect that.
Pat’s coworkers were being highly unprofessional. It is his and his wife’s right to choose whether parenthood is for them. I applaud them for sticking to their convictions- no one should feel forced or obligated to have a kid just because “that’s what you do.” It’s a whole other LIFE for Pete’s sake, people don’t take enough time to consider whether they are actually ready and SUITED to be parents, they just do it without thinking.
Parents go on and on about how “selfless” they are- well, I think it’s pretty damn selfish to have kids so “someone can care for you when you’re old.” What a great reason, I’m sure your children will feel so proud to know they were birthed so you could guilt them into changing your diaper.
I won’t even go into how pathetic this author is.