Columnist sparks debate over child choice
WEEKEND’S Daddy-O columnist Owen Jacques ignited a debate on social media over his last column on the increasing number of people who choose not to have children – and what some of them call parents.
He says parents do not care if child-free people call those with children “daddiots” or “mombies” (fathers who are idiots and mums who turn into zombies after spending too much time with children and not other adults).
Here is what some of you had to say. To be part of the conversation, head to our website and look for our stories under the lifestyle section.
Craig Ritchie: I don’t hate them at all but I can’t stand them when they let their little darlings run riot in restaurants, aircraft long distance flights, cruise ships etc etc. That said most parents are pretty good it’s the soft parents that are the problem...
Rebekah Caust: I’m a ‘breeder’ if you will. People who choose to be childless, good for them. Personally, I will try to raise my children to be respectful and valuable members of society. I hope that I can raise them with enough compassion and heart that they can care for those who chose not to ‘breed’ when they come in to old age with no children of their own to care for them.
Be thankful for todays breeders who’s children will likely be wiping your butt in an old age home one day. I sincerely hope that your lives are full and happy.
Nez HS: The dumbest people are having the most kids – that’s the big worry.
Amy Rose: I say good on the people who don’t have children, there are enough people in the world and if you don’t want that lifestyle that’s your choice. I do find that a lot of children I come across have no discipline or respect and the parents allow them to run around, scream and chuck tantrums and when they do they get treated with lollies or a toy because they can’t be bothered and that is somehow the only way to ‘calm them’! Soon to become spoilt brats!