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There are people who spend their adolescence and early adulthood dreaming of being a parent.

And those people should have every opportunity to achieve that dream for as long as it remains a life goal.

Then there are people who never feel the pull to be a parent.

But society tends to only ask one group "why."


While asking any person that question is rude AF—seriously, don't ask people why they don't have/want children—the anonymous realm of AskReddit is a different environment where people can be honest with few repercussions.

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Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?

Here's an idea.

Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.

I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.

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Parenting isn't always fun. Parents may love their children, but frustration is normal and expected when raising kids.

Things get more thorny once the child is older, too. As a child grows and matures and develops their own personality, parents might find themselves sparring with their children more often than not.

But airing grievances—especially about one's children—can be considered taboo in some circles.

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People Born To Teen Mothers Describe How Their Lives Are Different Than Other Folks
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To those who grew up with a teen mother, the following exchange may sound familiar:

Person A: "Is that your sister?"

Person B: "Nope. That's my mom."

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Children are not for everyone. Yes, to some they are "bundles of joy," but to others, they are simply not a good choice.

For example-children are expensive. Most millennials don't make a ton of money, hardly enough to support themselves, let alone a family.

Others see the state of the world and think, "Why would I bring a child into this?"

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