this has reminded me of a joke:
how do you titillate an ocelot?
you oscillate its tits a lot
yet more amazing advice. This may be my favourite one yet.
@BoatGirl because everyone smoked
What's orange and sounds like a parrot?
@Ophelia I recently read a thing about French mothers focussing on just that (may have been on the Hairpin) and that because they are not totally child-centered that the kids are better behaved, more disciplined and happier because of it.
@WaityKatie I like the way you think and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. I'm particularly on board with the "taking paid time off work to pursue my interests" part.
@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Sounds like a good approach. This whole comments section has been beneficial to me. I just need to meet more people who when asked if they are having kids immediately respond "F*** no!"
@Third Wave Housewife oh yeah, totally content to be the cool, rich and eccentric uncle character. As long as they can be given back afterwards.
@Third Wave Housewife a few of my peers already have, as well as family members. I'd be tempted to go down the little white "we can't have them" lie route, but some good friends actually can't and it would make me feel too guilty :-/
@themmases put better than I could. Despite people's throwaway comments, I strongly suspect I'd be a terrible father, and that it would seriously strain both my mental health and my marriage.