Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Childless Family

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If you’re thinking of having a baby, there are a number of things to consider. Do your friends or siblings have children? Will you be able to afford it? Is your relationship stable? All this needs to be considered before making the decision to extend your family.





Advantages

There are many good reasons to remain child-free:

  • The biggest advantage of remaining childless is freedom. Couples without children don’t have to find babysitters or daycare. They are able to go out to dinner, dancing or to the movies without worrying about the little ones.
  • Raising children is expensive. Childless couples are often better off financially than their counterparts. They don’t have to support a child or children from birth to eighteen years old.
  • Couples who don’t have children have more time to devote to each other. This helps get closer. That’s not to say couples with children aren’t close in their marriage. They have other responsibilities to handle before each other.
  • Childless couples eat better on average.
  • It is easier for the couple to spend their time at work or complete their education.

Disadvantages

Of course with the pros are the cons:

  • The most obvious disadvantage of being childless is that you don’t have a little one to love, raise and influence. For some couples, this is a big part of living, and the thought of missing out is almost unbearable.
  • Couples without kids often feel they are misfits from their friends who have children. They find it difficult to maintain relationships with each other. The community in general also has a tendency to look at child-free couples as abnormal.
  • In the cases where bearing children is not a choice, such as infertility, the couple can be sensitive about the subject. Peers who are unaware of this situation might accidentally do irreparable damage to their relationship with the couple.

Ultimately, the choice to remain childless or not is yours. Weigh the pros and cons carefully before adding to your family.

  • John Leguizamo

    From birth to 18 years old? Like an 18 yo is financially independent… Sounds like the author is childless.

  • Rippy

    Actually, i think I prefer my cat as a child

  • bethany

    i prefer my family as kids

  • Lyn

    Well a clear disadvantage is that when you’re old, you won’t have someone coming over for visits or taking care of you.

    • john

      work in hospital and see few family visit. Lyn forget this part

    • Shelly Mayer

      That’s hilarious. Most of my friends and family members who have kids have adult children with ADHD, autism, mental problems, retardation, having kids they themselves can’t afford or drug problems and they will never be taking care of their aging parents EVER. In fact, these parents will have their adult children be dependant on them the rest of their lives and when the parents die, the adult kids will be helpless and possibly homeless. If someone is having kids with the hopes that, that child will grow up to a responsible adult who will change their depends in old age, think again. Even if your kid grows up to be a responsible contributing person doesn’t mean they won’t need to move across the country to just make a living. My husband and I see all the parents around us struggling horribly with their kids. They have huge problems. Their lives are wrecked. We thank God everyday that we DON’T have kids. I mean come on. Can’t people see the writing on the wall?? It’s not 1940. Having a family isn’t what it used to be. Unless, you’re rich it’s not worth it.


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