I would NEVER give up having kids to "have it all"
I was never the kind of girl that dreamed of having a big wedding and tons of kids. As I got older, I knew I wanted to get married and have kids one day, but I was more interested in developing my career as a journalist first. In fact, my husband and I were married for five years before we had our first child. Those were care-free years compared to the craziness we currently live as parents of two very demanding small human beings.
Even so, I wouldn't change it for the world. While I respect those who've chosen not to be mothers, giving up children in order to "have it all" isn't worth it for me at all.
I know for a fact that my life would be MUCH easier if I didn't have children, that my husband and I could do whatever we felt like on a regular basis, that we'd have a lot more disposable income to waste as we wished, but I think I'd always feel as if there was something missing.
And I say this even as I'm going through a particularly rough patch with my almost 4-year-old son who seems to be out of control and tends to take out all of his anger on me. I even considered a child psychologist recently because I feel like I'm going out of my mind. But not once have I ever regretted bringing him into the world.
You see, for as strong-willed and mischievous as he can get, he is also the sweetest and most lovable boy I've ever met. He's the one who showers me with compliments for no apparent reason at all and the one who constantly reminds me to slow down and check out how cool the world around us really is!
In the end, I don't really care if women decide to be childless because that's their prerogative... I just know my life would feel empty without the two most amazing little creatures I'm blessed to call hijos.
Image courtesy of Roxana A. Soto