Karen: I dislike the assumption that I hate all children simply because I chose a life that didn't involve having any of my own

I consider myself lucky; as a childfree woman I never faced pressure from my family to have children. I got married at 25 and was never asked "when are you starting a family?"

Perhaps it was obvious to those close to me that I wasn't cut from maternal cloth...perhaps my (male-dominated) interests and career put things in perspective for them. What I dislike, however, is the assumption that I hate all children simply because I chose a life that didn't involve having any of my own. I don't hate all children; in fact I used to be a sports coach to kids of a wide age range.

My other dislike is that women in my neighborhood don't express any interest in getting to know me, because, goodness, what would they ever talk to me about, since I'm not a mother like them (yes, sarcasm is implied)? –Karen

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