What do you see as the greatest rewards and the greatest disadvantages associated with becoming a parent? What are the advantages and disadvantages to remaining childfree? Is there cultural pressure to become parents in the United States? If so, what is the effect of this pressure?
The greatest rewards of having children are hard to quantify. There a thousands of little things that add up to a richer, more fulfilling life. For adults, it is a chance to see life through the eyes of a child. Each celebration we have with our children becomes more exciting and memorable when there are children there. Many of our U.S. holidays are designed towards children and thus having children makes these holidays more meaningful and rewarding. You have the opportunity to revisit many childhood pleasures such as climbing trees, blowing bubbles, starting school, celebrating Christmas/Easter. Your life stops being about you and the child becomes your focus. It turns a couple into a family. It teaches you to be unselfish. Having children enriches your life. You will learn ...
Becoming parents is a right of passage in most societies. What are the benefits and drawbacks of choosing to have children?