Judging from the title of this article the journalists in Grand Forks haven’t quite caught onto the term “childfree” yet. Putting that aside, this article contained one stat that I found very interesting.
A recent study conducted by Stewart Friedman at the University of Pennsylvania showed that the number of recent grads planning to have children dropped 30 percent from 1992 to 2012
Assuming the stat to be accurate, young people appear to be embracing the childfree concept in droves. That is huge! I have no expectations that the 30% that say they aren’t planning to have children will actually remain childfree. Frankly I don’t care. What I do care about is that people actually make an active decision to parent or not parent, and ultimately to make the choice that is right for them.
The more that people recognize that not having a child is a choice, the more accepted that choice will be. The more that people recognize that not having a child is a choice, the more well thought out the choice to parent will be. Hopefully all of this will result in happier people whether childfree, parent, or child.
By: Jasmine Maki, Forum News Service, Grand Forks Herald, Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS, ND – With graduation just around the corner, Becki DeGeest, of Moorhead, Minn., might not know what is in store for her future as she endlessly applies for various jobs in cities around the world. But, she knows one thing that’s not in her future: children.
“It’s not in the plan, anyway,” she said.
Even as a young teenager, DeGeest said she was never really interested in having children. While her childhood friends fantasized about settling down in their hometowns and raising their own families, DeGeest said she just wanted to get out. Thoughts of a successful career, endless travels and a life of adventure filled her mind. Kids were never a part of that picture.
“I love kids, but I’ve never really seen myself having kids,” she said, adding that it doesn’t mean she won’t get married.
DeGeest, now 22, has been dating Peter Lonnquist, of Moorhead, for 3½ years, and they’ve often talked of their future together. They’ve even thought about the possibility of children and discussed their favorite baby names.
“Those conversations do pop up,” she said. But, neither of them views children as part of the plan.
And, they’re not alone.
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