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Cameron Diaz in Parade

Was Motherhood Always in Your Future?

I always knew I wanted to be a mom — even in my '20s when I was a wild and crazy gal in New York City. I had one friend who swore off any notion of motherhood during our high school years and then 15 years later went through intensive fertility treatments to become pregnant. Life can throw people for a loop and what was once a far fetched idea becomes an obsession.

Cameron Diaz, 37, recently revealed her lack of plans in an interview with Parade. She said:

I'm not somebody who is going to declare either way if I'm absolutely going to or I'm absolutely not going to have children. I have no idea... I'm still young. I have an unbelievable life. In some ways, I have the life that I have because I don't have children.... I don't think it's a compromise to have children. Everything I'm bringing into my life right now isn't geared toward that. It might be one day.

Many women feel like that and then their biological clock ticks and they start yearning for youngsters. What happened in your case?

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xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I've known as long as I can remember that I do want to have kids. I've babysat since I was 12, coached youth sports, taught preschool, etc- I've experience every age group and never once gone "Oh lord, I can't deal with *that*", lol! I'm only 20. I don't have kids yet; I'm not even engaged yet! But I know what I want, and I have a (hoped-for) timeline in my head. I'm lucky in that my boyfriend and I are on the same sort of timeline, and are pretty much in agreement on how old we want to be when we get married/have children, how many we want, etc. My mom, on the other hand - she's so not ready to hear that I'd like to be married in 3-4 years, and have kids a year or two after that! xD
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I've known as long as I can remember that I do want to have kids. I've babysat since I was 12, coached youth sports, taught preschool, etc- I've experience every age group and never once gone "Oh lord, I can't deal with *that*", lol! I'm only 20. I don't have kids yet; I'm not even engaged yet! But I know what I want, and I have a (hoped-for) timeline in my head. I'm lucky in that my boyfriend and I are on the same sort of timeline, and are pretty much in agreement on how old we want to be when we get married/have children, how many we want, etc. My mom, on the other hand - she's so not ready to hear that I'd like to be married in 3-4 years, and have kids a year or two after that! xD
kikidawn kikidawn 6 years
I do get my weekly baby dose by babysitting a little boy :) and his mom is going to have another one around Thanksgiving. I've stayed with him since he was 3 weeks old and he's 22 months now. So I'm rather attached to him and super excited about the new little one. :)
kikidawn kikidawn 6 years
I have always wanted kids, for as long as I can remember. My mom had my younger sister when I was four and I loved playing mommy to her :) I am only 22 and going to graduate college next year with plans to go to law school. So no kids as of right now, but my fiance and I think we'll probably have some in the next 5-6 years. I absolutely cannot wait!
kikidawn kikidawn 6 years
I have always wanted kids, for as long as I can remember. My mom had my younger sister when I was four and I loved playing mommy to her :)I am only 22 and going to graduate college next year with plans to go to law school. So no kids as of right now, but my fiance and I think we'll probably have some in the next 5-6 years. I absolutely cannot wait!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 6 years
Well did she say anywhere thst she only wants biological. 37 is still young if your considering adopting.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 6 years
Well did she say anywhere thst she only wants biological. 37 is still young if your considering adopting.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 6 years
I have wanted to be a mom since I was 3 years old.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Someone needs to let Cameron know that 37 isn't "young" as far as getting pregnant and having kids goes, especially if she's not ready "yet".
Moms Moms 6 years
I always wanted children, but I also think luck plays into it. I met my husband in high school and after college, we dated and got married. Getting pregnant was very easy for us. I have lots of friends who would love kids and always pictured themselves having a family by now, but they just haven't met the right person to do it with yet.
alikat07 alikat07 6 years
I've always wanted children, but didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it until I got married. To me it seems completely natural... I didn't really think about the when so much, though. I just knew I wanted to be young enough to keep up with them!
queenegg queenegg 6 years
I remember being a bitty and really wanting to be a mom, so I've wanted this for my whole life. I'm so excited that I'm finally preggers.
luckyme luckyme 6 years
I always knew that I wanted to be a Mom. I've loved being around kids ever since I can remember. I started babysitting at 11, loved it and did it until I was in my 20's. In high school, I volunteered at the elementary school for four years. I have just always loved being around kids. Having my own has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
My mom knew she wanted kids from the time she was like, 14 when her first niece was born. She wanted a big family, but only had three...I know she wanted 5+, but the in laws didn't approve. Insert eye roll here. Me? I am not pregnant...but I think my opinion still counts. I am 22, I am very much on the fence. I like the IDEA of having a child at a much later date, I am not sure I'd actually like having a child when it's all said and done. I think you have to be in a certain place for that, and be a certain person. When I hear my mom talk about how much she wanted kids, I just get the feeling she liked the security and ego it brought. My mom wanted to stay married to an abusive guy because saying she was married "showed" those people in high school who hated her -- like, over 20 years later! When my mom found out she was pregnant, her ego shot up like you wouldn't believe. I think of all the women like that, and I know I can't be that way. I know if I ever had kids, I'd probably stop at one. I do not like big families, and do not like big groups of kids for extended periods of time, especially young ones. I used to work with young kids and I was miserable every single day. For now, I am happily not pregnant, and have no plans to be pregnant in the near future. My biological clock is not ticking...and if I feel like my biological clock is ticking, but logically, it's not the right time -- I will screw with my hormones until the nagging feeling shuts up! That is what causes mistakes, too. The damn biological clock. So one day you're poor, can't pay your bills, take care of yourself -- then boom, the clock ticks, you have a baby, and you screwed another person over. No good.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
she thinks she's young? honey, mother nature is not that generous for making babies. she's what, 35-38? tick-tick. i didn't always want to be a mom. i was at the mall one day and the christmas parade was winding through to hype people up for the coming season (it was october). a boy and a girl came running up to their mom yelling "mommy, mommy! santa is here". it was such a tender scene and my internal mom was turned on. i was married w/ a year and a half and promptly had 3 kids :)
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 6 years
I knew I always wanted to be married, but never really wanted to have children. Needless to say I am very happy with my little girl who was a surprise!
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