It hasn't really been a long time in the history of humankind that we had a CHOICE of having children or not. Consistently RELIABLE birth control has been on the scene for only about 70 years. So it would seem the majority of people who have children, have made a conscious decison to do so. When I was in love when I was young, I remember loving this person so much that there was the intense desire to create something of our own together. I think there are a myriad of other reasons we have children. What are some of our subconscious, unexamined reasons to have children?
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Joan, That is absolutely WONDERFUL! I'm so happy for you.
Ah, that is a very strong and meaningful motivation! Our children become better than we were - every generation becomes more noble, more giving, more helpful to the world. I think that's a driving force. Thank you Nadeem
So cute, Paula, They're very lucky to have such a talented mom and I can imagine that the women 'who know they can't return them' have a lot of fun when they're around you!
Billie...You're my NEW BFF! If I send you their addresses, will you please write them about how LUCKY they are to have a Mom like me?? Thanks!!
Yes, my daughters-in-law laugh around me. I don't really want to know WHY! LOL
You make me smile! I'm sure they don't need a letter to inform them how lucky they are :) They already know.
Thank you, Catherine. I agree. AND I love the "re-living" childhood part for the valid excuse to play with the toys. Did you see the remote control Anna from Frozen doll. Oh my goodness, I need an excuse to get her :) that or an RC helicopter :)
Jose, I think you expressed the CORE of our motive to have children. It seems as if it's a "Prime Directive" as Captain Kirk of Startrek might say. It's the underlying principle from which all the other motives arise. Thank you!
Lovely, Thank you, Edward. "Our world was a fine place to be, so we wanted to enlarge it, expand it..." I think psychologists would call this an extremely healthy outlook on the relationship of marriage to children.