Deciding whether or not to have children is a deeply personal choice that you don’t just wake up one day and decide (although I’m sure that does happen). It’s the result of a lifetime of debating the pros and cons, evaluating your goals and lifestyle, finances, and how having a kid can change your life. Sometimes the choice is made for us due to health issues, or put on hold for whatever reason. Either way, it’s something that we decide and it’s a decision we shouldn’t have to defend to anyone, even if you are Latinx.
Why is it so culturally ingrained in us that we should have children? And why is the stereotype pushed and perpetuated that we have to not only have one child but several? And let’s not get into our friends and family who feel it’s perfectly acceptable to pry and ask endless questions about our potential parenthood. You know, actually, let’s get into it. Let’s talk about 30 things that no Latinx (or anyone else for that matter) wants to be hearing when they don’t have children.