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What is a Family?

April 8, 2009

Hubby wrote a great blog post on “Starting a Family“.  He says:

“Perhaps I’m being too sensitive here, but I find this snobbish and offensive at worst, or simply ignorant at best. Why are a man and his wife not considered a family?

In the situation where being a family = generating offspring, then the man and woman who saved themselves for marriage, only to find that they can’t have children, are not as much of a family as a single woman who has 3 different kids from 3 different guys is with her seed donors. It says that people who have more children than they can afford and more children than they have time to give attention to are more of a family than the responsible couple who is waiting until they are financially stable so they can raise their child in the way they see fit.”

Why is it that so many people, especially in Christian circles, look down on childless couples?  Couples like the Duggars have 18 kids (none of which are adopted) and get their own reality show, while couples like Hubby and I get asked over and over when we are going to “start a family” and pushed out of certain circles because we are childless.  Hold your horses!  When I married Hubby, it was the first time in my life that I felt like I had a family!  How dare someone try to say that we are any less of a family because we do not have children!

Ugh!  Anyway, please read his post.  He sums up what both of us are feeling on this subject.

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