For those of you with children who couldn’t be happier, good on ya, and I assure you that some of your biggest admirers are people without children. After all, you behold the constant work, sacrifice and grit it takes to raise the next generation with the utmost respect.
Sadly, that courtesy is often not reciprocated, as couples without kids are often submitted to what can only be called “childless shaming.” Sometimes, this is due to cultural expectations, the wish for grandchildren or other reasons. It can come across as exceedingly rude at best, or downright hurtful at worst. Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different, and childless couples may be so due to biological fertility issues, age, illness or just a lifestyle choice — all of which are none of your business.
By all means, talk to your childless friends and relatives about their situation, but here are a few phrases and questions to avoid in such circumstances. (You’d want the same level of courtesy, yes?)