Men Who Don’t Want Children: Do They Feel the Guilt?

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  1. Having been married for ten years, going through ivf to have the ONE child I do, and realizing how challenging, expensive and frustrating it can be to raise a child in today’s society…I’m glad I only had the one! I am often told I am selfish for only having ONE. And while I love him and am glad that I have him in my life, I can totally respect how others feel about their decision to NOT have any children. It is a deeply personal decision, and not to be criticized or judged. I have several guy friends who have made no bones about how they do not want children, and yet all of them are interested, and somewhat successful, at maintaining a committed relationship despite their feelings on children. You have the life you choose to have, regardless on whether or not you decide to share that life with offspring.

    • “You have the life you choose to have” I think our lives are based largely on things outside of our control.

      • Bullsh*t. While there are some things we can’t control, we can certainly control whether or not we use birth control, whether or not we discuss the topic of children with potential mates, and whether or not to marry someone with conflicting life choices from ours. I think our lives are largely based on things we can control, but it’s easy for life to throw you a curveball and make it seem otherwise. There is no substitute for personal responsibility.

  2. I enjoyed this articles so much. I do not want children because I do not want children. Simple as that.

    I am seriously on a mission to get my tubes permanently blocked.

    I am finding it hard to find a guy who feels the same way I do around here.

    Sometimes I feel the guy says he wants kids to try to get me, which backfires because I won’t date a man who did. It causes a circle of “gettung no where”.

    Sigh … I just wish therer were more men around where I lived that wanted to be child “free” by choice, too.

    = (

    • Mar-Taja… I know exactly where you are coming from. It is very difficult to find a man who feels the same way. I just hope you stay true to you and don’t change how you feel because you feel like you have to in order to have a relationship. I’ve heard of women doing that and in the end they end up paying the price.

  3. It breaks my heart to read these comments. Not because of your choices but because of the confirmation knowing that I just don’t want children. Reading these comnents confirms i prob will never change my mind. I recently just split up from a 7 year relationship with a woman I want to spent the rest of my life with. But we couldn’t carry on knowing we wanted different paths. I feel so lonely and pressured into believing there is something wrong with me because of my choices.

    • I’m soon in a same kind of situation. 7 years, wonderful time we had with that special one. How has it been for you afterwards? We were going ahead happily together, but “accident” happened, now it seems sure we are going to divorce soon. I went through thinking this child thing over and over in my head, but no – it really isn’t for me either. I love to be with kids sometimes, they like me and so on, but to take care of them thousands and thousands of days in a row limiting your own life in every possible way… No and no.

      If I may ask, how is it going nowadays?

  4. Well I must be an alien from mars or something.
    I don’t want children but I’m actually looking for single moms to date. Why? because they already have their own so they (potentially) wont ask for more.
    Yes, I know, I’ll end up being a father figure to the kid(s) but I don’t mind. I don’t dislike children.
    I just don’t want a small Steve that’s all, because if he fails at something I will feel like I failed him in some way. If he’s not tall enough, it’ll be because of me, at least 50% of it (I’m decently tall but no Jordan and I tend to like petite women).
    And quite honestly being a kid sucks, you have to follow all these rules, it took me 21 years to become independent and the master of my own life, 21 years is a long sentence and one time was enough.
    That said, if I meet a woman with kids, that’s perfect, the kids are already there and if I could help in any way, I’m willing to. If they fail in any way, I can be supportive but I don’t have to feel responsible for it, they’re not my blood.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I have created a page on Facebook, I Don’t Want Kids and That’s OK for those us of who wish to not have kids and would like a place to vent, share stories or feel like your not alone.

  6. Steven D. Timm says:

    Just finished reading this article and related posts and I must say I think this article is spot on!! I also appreciate the comments and different points of view on the same topic. I feel the same way about children. I am a 35 year old male who is not married and has no children. I am not married, nor do I have a girlfriend nor do I have kids, by choice. I feel that marriage and kids are a call and an office that God calls you to. I have never felt nor received that call. I also have never wished nor desired to be married or have children. As I have grown older, I receive less and less criticism for my decision to remain single and childfree. However, when I was in my late teens and into my early twenties, I received a whole LOT of critique!! Since then, I have learned how to surround myself with people who positively affirm me in the whole of my personhood and I have reciprocated that affirmation of other peoples choices, be it about marriage and family, social values, political belief etc. I made that decision a looong time ago and could not be more comfortable!! I have found in life that when I can relax and be comfortable in my own lifestyle, I can relax and be comfortable and respectful of other’s lifestyle choices!! I have found this works very well!! I also have an extreme amount of respect for others on the opposite side of the spectrum from me on the marriage and children issue. I have an extremely good freind that couldn’t wait to get his family started right out of High School. He is an excellent husband and an excellent father!! He is a person that actually wants to be a husband and a father. He is not henpecked by his wife nor is he annoyed by his children. He is a true family man, excellent at it and I couldn’t be happier for him!!

    Anyway, just my 2 cents on the issue!!

    Thanks for all the good posts guy’s!! Keep it up!!

    Catch you on the web!!

    Steven D. Timm

  7. I can’t believe anyone would open their mouth and call someone selfish if they didn’t want to have children. Like it is a sin and wrong. Better to not have then to have and not take care of. People got some nerve. I had an argument with my dumb cousin when I was in HS about that. I was 16 and she was 17, told her that I didn’t want to have children that I would adopt. She had a conniption, said all kinds of dumb things like why would I want to take care of someone else’s children. Why not. Please, please, please better to not have at all then to have and wish you didn’t. People are some dumb nowadays.

  8. As a wife I always wanted children, my husband just refused to have kids. He thought they were like rats and when they are older all they want is money for drugs, booze, condoms or birth control pills, tattoos and crappy low rider Honda’s. So needless to say we didn’t have kids, this disappointed all of our family members. He just didn’t care! We only had sex once in 45 years. Hes never slept with me and has made his home in his garage. He worked midnights so he didn’t have to be at home, worked all holidays, weekends never took vacation. He’s content in his garage with his cars ad work shop. We hadn’t talked in years, he does things in the house that I leave a note about. This is about as intimant as it gets. I’ll let you decide if he feels guilty not having kids. I don’t think so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Talen Storla says:

    Guilt? About what? The desire to live financially free? The ability to travel and live abroad easily? The ability to pick up at a moment’s notice and move somewhere else? I have never had a desire for the expense of children and I don’t need to justify my feelings on that issue to anyone!

  10. I was banned from The ChildFree Life message board because some views on children and population I expressed border on antinatalist and offended many people who are significantly younger than me. I also have not succeeded at maintaining friendships with any local child-free people in my area because they saw my autism symptoms and must have been bothered by them. If all the childfree and antinatalist people in my area hate me, that does not change my mind about refusing to bear children.
    I NEVER want the responsibilities that parenting comes with. I KNOW I’ll NEVER be fit to handle those responsibilities. I had a vasectomy & was confirmed sterile earlier this year. I still have yet to find a partner, and I do find it quite hard in my area because I live amongst people who just won’t stop overpopulating the world. Every time I see someone with a kid next to him/her I shy away from him/her. Wanna be my friend? You better NEVER have kids, NOT even just one!

  11. ClassyGlobal says:

    Please let me know where I can find these young handsome responsible financially progressive sensitive men!!!

  12. i never thought abouts kids until now when my bro had a baby girl,she is 4 now and we love her,such pride and 48,and left my job take over my life,was very fulfilled,hadnt time think bout kids,i was made redundant and what was it all for.i bitterly regret not making a plan,have a partner,that wasnt the prob,he went along with what ever i i think he regrets our just job filled lives.ive learn from bitter experience,u shoud go with the natural way of life if u meet someone u genuinly get on with,make a plan.any comments,i should have done where u see yourself in 5yrs.


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