Pressure to Procreate
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 10 April 2011, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 10 April 2011, I answered a question on pressure to procreate.
What do you say to parents pressuring you to have kids? Lately, my parents have been urging my wife and me to have kids. They really want grandkids, I think. So they've been dropping not-so-subtle hints to that effect. Also, they say that I'll regret not having kids, that kids are just part of being an adult, that I'll adore my own kids once I have them, and so on. What should I say in reply to those kinds of hints and comments?
My Answer, In Brief: As with other personal decisions, you must establish and maintain your boundaries. Don't be wishy-washy, don't engage in repeated or prolonged discussions. Treat the question – in your own mind and in any discussions about it – as your own personal decision.
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