The choice to become a parent — or not to — is one of the biggest decisions a woman can make in her life. The idea that the existence of a tiny human rests on the shoulders of one or two people can be daunting, scary and, quite frankly, not for everyone — especially in 2022, as many Canadians are rethinking their family plans amid the uncertainty of the pandemic. Whether it’s due to concerns over the environment, unstable financial times or simply a personal choice, there are plenty of reasons why women are reconsidering motherhood. We’ve rounded up 10 of the reasons why some women are consciously choosing to remain childfree.
Raising children is a huge responsibility
They may already be looking after other loved ones
Climate change is a concern
Lingering intergenerational trauma and family drama
Life is already good
Wanting to avoid potential judgement and mom shaming
Finding fulfillment in other places
The rising cost of living
Having kids is not a cheap endeavor. When grocery bills start looking more like car payments, it may be time to reevaluate finances. Rising prices, with no real reprieve in sight, may feel daunting to women who may already be struggling to pay bills or save for the future. As the cost of living rises, but wages stay the same, having kids may be financially challenging to some.