SELF­ISH, SHAL­LOW, AND SELF-AB­SORBED: SIX­TEEN WRIT­ERS ON THE DE­CI­SION NOT TO HAVE KIDS (EDITED BY MEGHAN DAUM)

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I’m cur­rently in the thick of read­ing Self­ish, Shal­low, and Self-ab­sorbed: Six­teen Writ­ers on the De­ci­sion Not to Have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum. I’m a woman in her mid-30s; I’m also mar­ried. Many of my friends are cur­rently par­ents or are try­ing to have chil­dren, and al­though I’m aware that I have a so-called tick­ing bi­o­log­i­cal clock, I also know that I’m not in­ter­ested in child-rear­ing. Read­ing this book has helped me feel less alone in that de­ci­sion. Though each of the writ­ers in this an­thol­ogy have dif­fer­ent rea­sons for choos­ing not to have chil­dren, I’ve found my­self iden­ti­fy­ing with as­pects of all of them.

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