Procreation seems to be hardwired into our planets life path. We've been able to intellectualize the passage, even make attempts to manage our growth but the need to breed is pretty strong even for us, the thinkers.
What do I think of women who don't have children? Personally I think they're lucky, but that from an outside observation. They may feel completely shattered, frustrated, even suicidal.
Children suck the life out of their parents, literally. It's a weird trip for everyone involved in child rearing, even the kids. The thing is we've really no other viable way of repopulating. So it's all best guess, word of mouth experience, custom, tradition, and the mighty mighty collective of judgement.
Yep, lucky I say; but that may not be a popular opinion.
Coming from a generation that once married you where expected to have a baby within a year of being married.....it felt forced upon us this entire idea of bearing children. With that said my girlfriend decided not to have children where I did. She regretted her decision but only when she got old, as she did not have a "family" to help her or to take care of her. However today children seldom take care of their elders, we go to senior housing, or other types of facilities and having a child for that reason is rediculous.
Having children is a choice one has to make for themselves. Being a parent is not for everyone.
This reminds me of something that happened to me a long time ago...I was working as a receptionist in a busy office. People coming into the business would be greeted by me first and take a seat until I could get them where they needed to go. One man was particularly talkative. He began asking me questions about how I handle my days work between here and home and that I'm proabably such a good mom at home, etc. I told him I didnt have any children. He just smiled at me and said "Every woman is a mom". Of course those words stayed with me, and he was right. I nourish alot of things, my animals, my garden, I am always helping my brothers and sisters. I was never able to have children but I do have things around me that depend on my love and care....
It seems as though society looks down on independent women who do things for themselves and decide to wait or don't have any children. Most of the time I don't encounter much reactions, but since living on my own when I do need assistance I am met with more resistance than anyone with children has. There is not much for women like me, for all the talk America does about women, they sure treat them badly when they are on their own supporting themselves. I think it's not only a child factor, but a sex one as well. Men are expected to lead domineering lives where they are independent and financially stable. Women on the other hand are supposed to or allowed to be more dependent on their families and parents than men are.
The reasons I never had children was because A) I used protection when having sex and B) chronic health problem that lives me infertile atm. It also makes me fat, hairy, and ugly.
I've encountered a few people who couldn't believe that I didn't have any children because I work fairly well with them.