Josh and I have been married almost 7 years. We knew from the beginning we didn’t want to have children, although we gently check in with each other on this topic from time to time to make sure we’re still on the same page. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about people who choose to live child-free; most commonly, people assume I “hate children.” (I admit, I have literally run from screaming children in grocery stores, but hasn’t everyone?) But I’m an auntie to three little boys whom I cherish. I’m honorarie auntie to a half-dozen others. So let me be clear: I can love your children. I just don’t want my own.
There are a lot of reasons for my desire to remain child-free, and this blog will slowly explore some of those. The decision is not always straightforward, and I’m not always 100% sure it’s the right choice.
On these pages I will also share all of the ways I fill my life with meaningful activity, sans kids. I realize that I’ve got more time to explore interests and hobbies than my parent-friends, but I don’t believe the way I spend my time is any more or less valuable. We all look for ways to leave our legacy; children are an excellent way to do that. But they’re not the only way. Here’s a glimpse into my legacy.
D.I.N.K. = Double income, no kids.