Awful News: My friend is Going to Have a Baby

As much as I dislike to admit it, hearing that a friend is going to have a baby can be a bit of a downer for me. It’s not that I’m not happy for them; it’s just that the news can feel like a bit of a game-changer. Suddenly, they’re entering a whole new world of parenthood, and I’m left wondering if we can still be friends.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I have nothing against kids (I just don’t like them very much). And the idea of being responsible for one 24/7? That’s just not for me. I’m perfectly content with my life the way it is, and the thought of adding a tiny human into the mix is, frankly, terrifying.

So when a friend tells me they’re going to have a baby, I can’t help but feel like we’re on different paths. They’re entering a whole new world of dirty diapers, sleepless nights, and constant worry while I’m over here enjoying my peaceful, childfree existence.

Of course, I don’t actually think we can’t be friends anymore. But the news can definitely put a bit of a damper on things. Suddenly, our conversations are dominated by baby talk and pregnancy updates, and it can be hard to find common ground.

But at the end of the day, I know that my friends are still my friends, even if we’re on different paths. So…, I’ll just have to learn to navigate the world of parenthood as an outsider looking in.

Why don’t I like that my Friends Have Children?

As a childfree person, I’ve mastered the art of dodging the “When are you having kids?” question like a pro. Not only do I not like children, but it’s also just that I’m content with my current lifestyle. And let’s be real, the idea of being woken up at 3 AM to change a diaper doesn’t exactly appeal to me. But just because I choose to be childfree doesn’t mean I can’t share in the joy of my friends who do decide to have children. I mean, who wouldn’t love being a cool aunt or uncle? 

After all, it’s not that you’re not happy for your friend and their growing family, but the news can feel like a reminder that you’re on a different path. It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey is different, and there’s no right or wrong way to live your life.

When your friend shares their news with you, take a deep breath and congratulate them. Let them know that you’re excited for them and that you’ll be there to support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond. 

And if you need a little time to process your feelings, that’s okay too. Talk to someone you trust, or take some time for yourself to reflect on your emotions.

Remember, just because your friends are starting families doesn’t mean that your life is any less fulfilling or valid. 

You can still have meaningful relationships, pursue your passions, and create a fulfilling life without children. So don’t be too hard on yourself, and know that it’s okay to feel a little sad sometimes. In the end, everything will work out just the way it’s meant to be.

Understanding and Accepting Their Decision

We all have different paths in life, and sometimes those paths can lead us in completely different directions than our friends

One of the biggest decisions a person can make is whether or not to have children. As a childfree person myself, I understand that it can be tough when our friends make the decision to have kids, especially if we don’t necessarily agree with it.

But here’s the thing: it’s not about us. It’s about our friends and their desires for their own lives. 

Just because we don’t agree with their decision doesn’t mean we can’t support them in it. 

After all, isn’t that what true friendship is all about?

Sure, it may be tough to relate to some of the things our friends with kids are going through – the sleepless nights, the never-ending stream of diapers and baby food, the sudden onset of baby talk – but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be there for them. We can listen when they need to vent, offer advice when asked, and even lend a helping hand when things get overwhelming.

At the end of the day, our friends’ decision to have children is their own, and we have to respect that. It doesn’t mean we have to change our own beliefs or lifestyles, but it does mean we need to be understanding and supportive of our friends’ choices. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll find ourselves in a similar position (but without children) and will want our friends to be just as understanding and supportive of our decisions.

So, let’s raise a glass to our friends who are embarking on the wild ride that is parenthood!

Navigating Friendships with Friends Who Have Children

Maintaining friendships with friends who have children can be a bit like navigating a minefield. They have different priorities, different schedules, and they always seem to be running on a different wavelength. 

But, as I mentioned above, just because they have children doesn’t mean that you can’t be friends anymore. In fact, having friends with children can be a great opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about a whole new world of sippy cups and diaper changes.

I’m not saying that it’s always going to be easy. You might have to adjust your expectations a bit and be willing to compromise. 

Maybe instead of the all-night bar crawl, you’ll have to settle for a Sunday brunch. And if your friend has to cancel plans at the last minute because of a screaming toddler, don’t take it personally. Kids have a way of throwing a wrench in the best-laid plans.

But here’s the thing, it’s worth it. Having friends with children can also be a source of joy and laughter. Sure, there might be some poop talk and baby photos involved, but there’s also going to be plenty of good times and heartfelt conversations. So, if you’re childfree and looking for new friends, don’t automatically rule out those who have kids. 

Looking for Childfree Friends

However, as a childfree person, it can be challenging to navigate friendships with parents. It’s not that you don’t love and support your friends, but let’s face it – our lifestyles are just different. While they’re talking about their kids’ latest milestones, we’re more likely to be discussing our latest travel adventures or hobbies.

But fear not, my childfree comrades! There are plenty of people out there who share our love for going on adventures, having endless nights out, sleeping in on weekends, and having the freedom to pursue our passions without the added responsibility of raising a child.

If you’re feeling a little left out in your current friend group, consider seeking out childfree friends. Not only will you have more in common, but you’ll also be able to relate to each other’s experiences without feeling like you’re being judged for your life choices.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you should ditch all your parent friends. They can still be an important part of your life, and you can even learn a lot from them about the joys and challenges of parenting. But having childfree friends can provide a refreshing perspective and a sense of camaraderie that can be hard to find elsewhere.

So, How Do You Find Childfree Friends?

Start by joining groups or organizations that cater to your interests. Attend meetups or events where you can connect with like-minded individuals. And of course, don’t forget about the power of social media. 

There are plenty of online communities for childfree individuals where you can share your experiences and connect with others who understand your lifestyle.

Remember, it’s okay to prioritize your own needs and seek out friendships that align with your values and lifestyle. And who knows, maybe someday you’ll even find yourself in a group of childfree friends raising a glass to the freedom of our life choices. Cheers to that!

The Pressure to Have Children

Let’s face it; society puts a lot of pressure on people to have children. From a young age, we are told that having a family is the ultimate goal in life. We are taught that having children is the natural progression of a relationship and that a couple who doesn’t have children is somehow incomplete. This societal pressure can make it difficult for childfree people to feel accepted and understood.

The Rise of Childfree Culture

Thankfully, times are changing. More and more people are choosing to live a childfree lifestyle, and it’s becoming more accepted in society. There are even communities and support groups specifically for childfree people. The rise of childfree culture means that we no longer have to feel like we are the odd ones out.

Dealing with Intrusive Questions and Comments

Ah, the joys of being childfree! You’re living your life, pursuing your passions, and enjoying your freedom.

 But there’s one thing that can really ruin your day: people who just can’t seem to mind their own business. It’s like they have a script, and they ask the same intrusive questions over and over again. 

“Don’t you want to experience the joy of having a child?” or “Who will take care of you when you’re old?” Ugh, please! If only they knew the joy of sleeping in on a Saturday morning and spending the day however you please. 

But seriously, it can be frustrating and hurtful to have to defend your personal decisions to others. 

You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your choices. 

Just remember, you’re living your life on your terms, and that’s all that matters. So, when faced with those intrusive questions, don’t let them get to you. Simply respond with, “That’s a personal decision that I have made for myself.” 

And if they keep pushing, just change the subject – like, “Have you tried that new vegan restaurant down the street? It’s amazing!”

The Benefits of Being Childfree

Are intrusive comments and the fact that your friends are becoming parents making you feel low? Well, let me remind you of the numerous benefits of being childfree

First of all, you have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. You don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter or scheduling your life around someone else’s nap time. You can travel the world, pursue your career goals, and take up new hobbies without any additional responsibilities. 

Plus, you can save a lot of money in the long run, as raising kids can be incredibly expensive. 

So, the next time someone gives you a hard time for not having kids, just remind yourself of all the amazing things you can do with your time and money. Embrace your childfree lifestyle and all the opportunities it brings!


In conclusion, navigating friendships with friends who have children can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be a minefield. As a childfree person, it’s essential to understand and accept our friends’ decision to have kids and be supportive of them. 

It’s okay to feel sad or to need some time to process our emotions when we hear the news, but we should congratulate them and let them know we’re excited for them. 

As friends with children, they may have different priorities and schedules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be there for them, listen when they need to vent and offer advice or help when asked. 

Remember, just because you are on different paths doesn’t mean you can’t have meaningful relationships, pursue your passions, and create a fulfilling life without children. 

So, let’s raise a glass to our friends who are embarking on the wild ride that is parenthood!