Shortly after I published “Not A Kid Person,” about my struggle to accept children, the Atlantic ran a book review on Selfish, Shallow, And Self-Absorbed—a collection of essays in defense of elective childlessness.
Several of the article’s arguments or assumptions irritated me. After stopping to think about why, I realized that many of the attitudes the authors express were mine before I had children. Is anything as galling as our own mistakes displayed by others?
I am grateful that Ethika Politika invited me to write a response to that review, and “Parenting When It’s Hard” ran today. It about half of what I wanted to say, so hopefully I’ll get around to penning the other bit soon, but please check out the article. I’d be glad to hear your thoughts.