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Old 01-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #46676
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Always find it tough to talk about having kids (pros/cons) with people who don't have kids (prolly bc a lot of the stuff you'd say is said by everyone and it sounds really cheesy if you don't have kids).

There is definitely nothing wrong with not having kids. Id say enjoy your free time until/if you decide you want to start a family.
yeah i decided at a young age that i'm not going to be ready to start a family until i'm at least 35. free time is awesome

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I'd never consider not having kids. Pretty sure I'd be far more bored and less happy, plus no kids also leaves me massively reliant on my spouse for companionship when I'm old. Depends on individual psychology though I guess. Also interested in seeing my genes stay in the mix.

Likely to wait until early 30s or something, though.
this has been my logic for a while, although recently i have been starting to wonder if i'm overrating the value of passing on my genes.

think it will come down to whether i'll get more out of my time raising a kid or YOLO'ing until i die. guessing the former will win out, but i'm only 27 and have time
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:42 PM   #46677
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I'd never consider not having kids. Pretty sure I'd be far more bored and less happy
Super secondhand, but I've seen claims that happiness studies generally find parents are less happy for most of the chunk of their lives where they are actively parenting, and then somewhat more happy in old age. So, a mixed bag.

While it's an unpopular opinion these days, I am usually pretty skeptical of people who decide not to have kids for hedonistic reasons.

EDIT: re: demographic changes, I've also been told that the age shift is major on the coasts but actually not that substantial in red states.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #46678
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It's not unusual at all to be 50+ at HS graduation even for your first kid.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:53 PM   #46679
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DAS BOOT:

how old are you? where are you from? i feel like you're the biggest enigma in the world
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #46680
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Not having kids is elite. Worlds overpopulated as it is and it certainly doesn't need another me running around.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:56 PM   #46681
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It's not unusual at all to be 50+ at HS graduation even for your first kid.
Looking at census data (page 4 is the relevant one here) it seems like there was already a pretty big shift between 1980 and 1990, which would be pretty close to the relevant points for when chim and you would have graduated from HS. As suggested before, it also depends where you grew up.

There's no question that it's a lot more common these days.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #46682
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Not having kids is elite. Worlds overpopulated as it is and it certainly doesn't need another me running around.
Not long until the GUN CRAZIES correct that balance amirite?!?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #46683
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why do people keep saying the world is overpopulated?

also, demographics matter a lot more than raw population imo.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #46684
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Cars are just a government conspiracy to keep the population in check.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #46685
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I think we need dkgo to pop in and share his thoughts on overpopulation
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #46686
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I just had my first kid (boy) in August and it's awesome. I was 33-1/2 years old and my wife was 32-2/3 at the time.

So I'll be like 51 or so at his graduation. That shouldn't be weird at all. One thing that does bother me though is the weirdness that will ensue from now until then. I live in what I would call a lower-middle or middle-middle class neighborhood and let's just say the parents here seem very young. It will bother me when my boy has friends whose parents are 10 years younger than us. I'm already not the most sociable person and having to chat with parents who are that much younger than me... I feel like I won't be able to relate to them. But that's not some big obstacle or anything. A family right across the street just had their first kid, a little boy, in December and they are only a few years younger than us. The 4 of us get along real well so I think those 2 will be good friends. And it will be good for him to have a black best friend so he can make jokes on online fora and not get banned.

So far, being a dad is awesome. We are going to have probably 2 kids at the most. I'm 2 of 4 and she's 1 of 1 and so we both agreed 2 or 3 kids is pretty much the only reasonable number.

Also as F60 said, I'm basically the only person in my group of friends who has a kid yet. But they are all college-educated yuppie wannabe types so it's not too surprising. A couple ladies I'm still friends with from college who are in my profession are really the only ones who have had kids and they both started just after turning 30, since it matters for women who don't want downies.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #46687
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I've heard people say three kids is the sanity breaking point.

Can anyone confirm/deny?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:11 PM   #46688
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Lol malthusians
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #46689
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I think we need dkgo to pop in and share his thoughts on overpopulation
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-li...smile/1400225/

2:02 for dkgo's thoughts

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #46690
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Damn, amichele thread deleted. Was pretty much dead anyway.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #46691
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never had kids, but I'm thinking I'd like 3-5. Definitely not 1 and never two unless they're both boys and even then I probably want one more.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #46692
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I've heard people say three kids is the sanity breaking point.

Can anyone confirm/deny?
No chance I have over 2 kids.

With 2 kids you still can have at least one parent at all your kids' events and keep some sort of free time. 3 kids and you start having to sacrifice significant amounts of free time to be a good parent.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:15 PM   #46693
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I've heard people say three kids is the sanity breaking point.

Can anyone confirm/deny?
I grew up as the oldest of four, and it seems like my siblings are all in agreement on the "no more than 2, thanks" front. In terms of difficulty, everything I hear is that 1->2 is worse than 0->1, which is pretty sobering.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #46694
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Damn, amichele thread deleted. Was pretty much dead anyway.
the ****? I was still like 6 days behind
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #46695
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Rat's fault.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #46696
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Rat's fault.
funnily enough this is true. rat, post the vid here please. I'd like to watch it after work.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #46697
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I plan to father multiple bastards and have other men raise them. Passing on genes without doing any work ftw
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #46698
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what video are we speaking of
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #46699
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even the atf thread got snap deleted. I thought the whole point of that forum was for discussion of stuff like this.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:21 PM   #46700
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Sklansky deleting michele threads in ATF. Brandi fallout?

Having more than two kids seems horrible.
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