How to Prevent the Pressure to Have Children Overwhelm You!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to have children? Are you struggling to make a decision about whether or not to start a family? Trust me; you are not alone! There are many like us out there.

For many people, the decision to have children is a significant milestone in life and it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Society often places a high value on having children, and it’s not uncommon to feel pressure from family, friends, and even strangers.

This pressure can be difficult to manage but it’s important to remember that the decision to have children is a deeply personal one, and you have the power to make choices that are right for you.

In this blog post, I will share practical tips on how to prevent the pressure to have children from overwhelming you, empowering you to take control of your life and make choices that align with your values and goals.


Ah, the age-old question that all adults who don’t have kids dread: “When are you going to have kids?”.

It’s like people think that once you hit a certain age, your biological clock starts ticking so loudly that everyone around you can hear it. And don’t even get me started on the reactions you get when you say you don’t want kids. 

It’s like you just told them you’re planning on moving to Mars to start a new life. “Oh, you’ll change your mind” they say, as if they know you better than you know yourself. 

Like, seriously, why should I change my mind? Do they know something I don’t? Are they secretly time travelers with insider knowledge of my future? I don’t think so. I don’t ask them why did they decide to have children, do I?!

So, let’s just all agree to stop asking this question and let people make their own choices, okay? Cool.

Having children is not a joke. 

Deciding whether to have children is a deeply personal choice that will impact many areas of your life (it will actually change your life completely). Therefore, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there’s no right or wrong answer. Some may choose to have children, while others may not.

What is Causing the Pressure to Have Children?

Some people may feel that having children is the natural next step in life for them because it’s seen as a traditional way of building a family and passing on one’s legacy. Throughout history, having children has been a fundamental aspect of human life, and it’s deeply ingrained in our culture and society.

In many cultures, having children is also seen as a significant life event, marking a transition from youth to adulthood. Furthermore, the desire to have children is often fueled by biological urges, such as the need to procreate and continue the survival of the human race.

Sadly, having children can also be seen as a way of ensuring social and emotional support in old age. Children are often considered as a source of emotional support, and they can provide care for their aging parents when they need it the most. However, I see one little problem here. Who can assure you that you will have a good relationship with your children and that they will be there for you when you age? Nobody! This shouldn’t be a reason to become a parent. 

Many people feel pressured to have children because it’s considered the “normal” path to take.

Unfortunately, the pressure to have kids can come from anywhere and everywhere. It’s like everyone and their dog has an opinion on whether or not you should reproduce. 

You’ve got your parents who want grandkids, your in-laws who want to carry on the family name, your friends who want playmates for their own kids, and even your nosy neighbor who thinks it’s her business to know when you’re ovulating.

It’s enough to make anyone feel like they’re drowning in a sea of unsolicited advice and baby clothes.

But here’s the thing: you don’t have to let this pressure consume you. Take a deep breath, grab a glass of wine/beer/juice (whatever you fancy), and remind yourself that this is your life, and you get to make the decisions.

Regardless of the source, the pressure to have children can be overwhelming and can affect your mental health and well-being. Are you young and already pressured by your family? Just know that what they are doing to you is not fair! 

Recognize where the pressure is coming from, and don’t be afraid to set boundaries and say “no” when you need to. And if all else fails, just smile and nod while secretly planning your next solo vacation. Baby-free and stress-free, here you come!

How to Identify When The Pressure to Have Children is Too Much

The pressure to have children can be intense. For some it can feel like a constant buzzing in the back of your head, reminding them that their clock is ticking, and time is running out.  

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it, it’s important to take some time to identify when the pressure is too much.
Some of the signs that the pressure is too much include feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed.

But how do you know when the pressure has gone from a gentle nudge to a full-blown shove off a cliff? Well, if you find yourself breaking out in a sweat every time you see a baby, spending hours scrolling through parenting forums, or having nightmares about strollers and diaper bags, then it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate. And if your Aunt Marie starts sending you daily articles on the benefits of breastfeeding, it’s definitely time to block her number. 

Remember, the decision to have kids should be yours and yours alone, not the result of external pressure. So, take a deep breath, put down the parenting book, and remind yourself that it’s okay to take things at your own pace. 

You may also feel like you’re not in control of your own decision-making or that you’re not making the right decision. 

If you’re feeling any of these emotions, it’s essential to recognize that the pressure to have children is too much and to take action to reduce it.

How to Take Action to Reduce this Pressure

Once you’ve identified that the pressure to have children is becoming too much to handle, it’s time to take action:

  • The first step is to set boundaries with the people who are pressuring you. Let them know that this is a sensitive topic for you and that their constant questioning and comments are not helping. It’s important to be firm but polite and assertive.
  • Next, surround yourself with supportive people who understand and respect your decision, whether it’s to have children or not. Join online communities, attend support groups, or talk to a therapist. Having a support system can help you feel less alone and provide you with encouragement to stay true to yourself.
  • It’s also helpful to take a break from social media, where it’s easy to compare yourself to others who are having kids or sharing their parenting experiences. Instead, focus on your own life goals and aspirations.
  • Finally, give yourself permission to take the time you need to make a decision. You don’t have to have it all figured out right away, and it’s okay to change your mind. Remember, the decision to have children is a personal one, and you should never feel pressured into making a choice that doesn’t feel right for you.

Making Changes to Your Lifestyle

You can also opt to make changes to your lifestyle. This may include reducing your stress levels by taking time for yourself and engaging in activities that make you feel calm and relaxed. Consider changing your diet and exercise routine to ensure that you’re taking care of your health and well-being

Talking to a Professional

Talking to a therapist can be incredibly helpful when it comes to managing the pressure to have children. 

Therapists are trained professionals who can provide you with the tools and support you need to navigate difficult decisions and emotions. And the best part? They will look at your situation objectively and you don’t have to worry about burdening your friends and family with all of your concerns about having kids.

reaching out for support when feeling pressured to have children

Plus, therapy doesn’t have to be all serious and stuffy. You can even joke around with your therapist and share memes about the struggles of adulting. (Trust me, therapists have seen it all.)

At the end of the day, therapy is a safe and confidential space where you can work through your thoughts and feelings about having children. And who knows, maybe your therapist will even share their own funny anecdotes about parenting (or not parenting).

Reaching Out to Others for Support

Reaching out to others for support can be so helpful! Whether it’s talking to a trusted friend, a family member, or joining a support group, having people who understand what you’re going through can make a big difference.

And who knows, maybe you’ll even find other childfree friends who will join you in your quest to live your best life sans kids. So go ahead and reach out – you might be surprised at just how many people are in the same boat as you!

From my own experience, having someone to talk to can help to reduce the pressure to have children and can provide you with the necessary support to make a decision that is right for you.

Exploring Alternatives to Having Children

Well, let’s face it, kids aren’t for everyone. 

I mean, the idea of changing diapers, wiping runny noses, and dealing with temper tantrums may sound more like a nightmare than a dream come true. 

But fear not! There are plenty of alternatives to having children that can bring just as much joy and fulfillment into your life.

Whether it’s pursuing your passion for traveling, volunteering, or mastering the art of pottery, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there waiting for you. Who knows, you might even end up with a fur baby or two, and let’s be honest, pets are a lot easier to potty train than toddlers.

Exploring Alternatives to Having Children of Your Own

If you know for sure you want to be a mum or a dad, and the thought of carrying a baby for nine months or pushing one out doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, don’t worry! There are plenty of alternatives to having biological children. Adoption, fostering, and surrogacy are all great options for starting or growing your family. Plus, you get the added bonus of skipping out on the whole “pregnancy glow” thing and avoiding morning sickness altogether.

And let’s not forget, choosing not to have children at all is also a valid and a very empowering decision. Some people (like me) prefer to focus on their careers, travel the world, or just dedicate their lives to personal growth and self-discovery. 

And who can blame us? 

Life is full of possibilities, and everyone has the right to choose the path that brings them the most happiness and fulfillment. So, whether you choose to have biological children, adopt, foster, or decide not to have kids at all, the most important thing is to make the decision that’s right for you and your life goals. 

Remember; It’s your life, your choice, and your journey.

Taking Some Time to Make the Decision

We have already discussed that deciding whether or not to have kids is a BIG decision. It’s like trying to decide whether to binge-watch a new series on Netflix or go outside and enjoy the sunshine. 😉 Both options have their pros and cons, and it can be tough to make up your mind. 

But unlike choosing between streaming or sunshine, the decision to have children can’t be undone with the click of a button

That’s why it’s important to take some time to really think about what you want and what you’re ready for.

 It’s okay to take your time, weigh your options, and make sure you’re making a decision that’s right for you and your partner (or just you!). Plus, taking some time to think about it gives you the perfect excuse to sleep in on weekends and avoid those baby showers. Just saying.


Deciding whether or not to have children is a deeply personal choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The pressure to have children can come from all directions and can be overwhelming, but it’s important to recognize where it’s coming from and set boundaries when needed.

Remember, this is your life, and you get to make the decisions. So, don’t let anyone tell you how to live it!

And for those who can’t stop asking about our reproductive choices, let’s just agree to let people make their own decisions, shall we? After all, we’re not planning to move to Mars to start a new life, we’re just making choices that align with our values and goals.

So, to all the childfree adults out there, grab a drink, and cheers to a baby-free and stress-free life!