I originally wrote this piece for another outlet but received the official rejection for that yesterday. When one door closes you open another. I am beyond thankful to HuffPost Parents for their continued support of Ever Upward
When Your Child Asks Why I Don’t Have Kids
At 3 he asked his mom, “Why don’t Justine and Chad have kids?”
His mom replied with a generic, “Well, they have three dogs instead.”
At 6 he asked in front of us at the dinner table, “Why don’t you have kids?”
Before I could answer, his mom said, “That’s why they love spending so much time with you guys!”
It is a simple question from him, grounded in true loving curiosity. It is a loaded question for me that speaks volumes he is too little to understand yet. It is a question he deserves a truthful answer to, as it has to be confusing to see these people who love him so much not look like all the other families around him.