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Do Parents Try Too Hard to Maintain Their Pre-Baby Lives?

Having a baby changes your life, but are some parents more willing to accept that than others? Mamas love to joke about aging faster than their childless counterparts and their lack of time for themselves, while their friends without lil ones running around just nod their heads in agreement.

In a recent essay in the New York Post, a "non-breeder" wrote about her decision to live life childless and her resentment of how society judges her. She suggested that many women seem to have children because they want to please someone else and they aren't ready to abandon their pre-baby lives for their offspring. She said:

“When people insist on having a kid but refuse to accept any of the sacrifices that go along with doing so, they're being selfish while trying to pass themselves off as saintly just for reproducing."

Last year a Park Slope bar had to put up a sign banning strollers from their premises after they became overrun by parents bringing their tots into the joint while they enjoyed a drink. Do you think parents are trying too hard to maintain their pre-child lives after welcoming additions to their families?

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