Thanks to the Google, I found a link to this blog post in our inbox today.
I more or less liked it. I don’t know this guy or his wife but they strike me as the kind of parents that I would like. They have two kids and seem to care for them as we would hope and they’re not afraid to put the kids on a plane to hang with the grandparents for a couple of weeks. With the kids gone, they gear up to take full advantage of the free time and they nurture their own relationship in the process.
This is different, and better, than the helicopter/my-life’s-only-meaning-is-my-kids style of parenting that seems more and more common these days.
The only thing I really take issue with is the statement “There are those who preach this Child Free Life as the be all and end all of their existence”.
As I wrote in the comments on the post while this is true for some it’s not true for all, or even most, childfree people. I think that this type of attitude is a backlash by the childfree against the many people who take it upon themselves to judge the decision to not have children. Imagine having to justify your decision to have children to friends, family, and often, complete strangers! You’d be a little miffed as well.
For the most part, the childfree are live and let live folks; You made your choice to have kids, we made our choice not to, move on. We’d just like the same consideration from the parents out there.
P.S. One slide is titled “We Got Bored”. If you’re childfree and you’re bored, you’re not doing it right! I suggest more practice. 🙂
P.P.S. Ok, I also take (minor) issue with the idea that these people were ever childfree. I think many childfree will argue that unless you choose to be childfree, you’re not. Otherwise, you just don’t have kids yet.