This blog post is doing the rounds at the moment – a letter from a parent to his childless [childFREE, FFS!] friends about how as a parent, he just doesn’t have time or proper attention for his friends anymore.
I get that it’s supposed to be humorous, but really… it annoys me. For so many reasons, but the main one being that parents think that the stresses they’re under are way more important than the stuff their childfree kids have going on. I get that that comes from a place of sleep deprivation, etc. etc. but as many of the commenters on the post say, hey parents – you CHOSE to have kids. I make a big effort to keep in touch with my friends who have little ones, and to structure meetings around their schedules and needs. It would just be really nice if once or twice a year, my friends-with-kids initiated a child-free get-together where we can talk without being interrupted.
Just don’t belittle the stress I’m experiencing with my job / relationships / finances / whatever because I get 7.5 hours sleep a night because I’ve chosen not to have children (or not met someone I want to have them with).
What do you think about friends who vanish when the babies start arriving?