Out of my best girlfriends, there’s only one who has made it clear that she has no interest in becoming a mother. She’s on the fast track to becoming a diplomat, and will tell you in a heartbeat that she’d much rather travel the world and add to her impressive shoe collection than change diapers and attend PTA meetings. Apparently, my home girl is not alone.
According to Glamour, new research revealed that one in three millennial women don’t want children. The Cassandra Report: Ages and Stages suggests that of 75 million millennials, 25 million would prefer not to reproduce, which is interesting when you compare it to the 22 million Generation Y men and women who are already parents.
Historically, there has been a social stigma associated with the decision to pass on childbearing, but the study suggests that this generation is not very concerned with what people think of their reproductive decisions. 69 percent of millennials expressed that they believe the stigma no longer exists.
“Priorities shift as people mature, but millennials continue to go ‘off-road’ in terms of what’s expected of them. Their attitudes toward the prospect of becoming parents are indicative of their desire to construct their own personal paths to happiness,” said Joe Kessler, Cassandra’s Global President.
According to the report, 34% percent of millennials aren’t here for parenthood because they don’t want to lose the flexibility that a child-free life affords them. 32 percent expressed that they’re not here for the major responsibilities that come with being a parent.
“Our notion of the conventional family unit is going by the wayside,” said Kessler.
Have you decided that you’d rather not become a parent?