This question is coming from a newlywed so here is my answer:
Simply thank them for their concern and let them know that when the time is right you will have or not have a child. The decision is between you and your husband. It has to be irritating for people to question another person about someone else’s uterus. Let’s end this now. Unless you want to carry a baby for them, raise it and pay for them you have no right to ask another person that you are or aren’t close to on when or not they plan to have a child. That goes for mommas too. We love you momma but you don’t get a hand in the decision to bring life into the world for your child. Ask your child aka your grown child if they plan on it, but then back up and respect their answer. The pressure alone can be devastating to a new couple or even seasoned couples. You don’t know if that couple has been trying and miscarried, or knew going into it they couldn’t have any and didn’t feel the need to inform you. These are personal questions that unless someone comes to you and talks about it should be off limits!
Too many times we place this pressure for newlyweds to have babies but we have to be realistic:
- Not everyone wants to be parents-accept it. Kids are a lot of responsibility. Not everyone is built to handle that dynamic. Marriage is not just for baby making. You actually might like someone’s companionship and don’t want to have children.
- Support systems-having children and having no system of support is a real issue. I have 3 and we are JUST getting a 5 second support systems. It takes a village to raise children. Not everyone has what they need to raise kids. Don’t feed me the excuse that single moms and dads are doing it. A lot of them are and are not balanced while doing it. They are often times lonely, cry often, suffer depression etc and this can be had even within a marriage. Marriage is not a cure-all for any of this!
- Many folks aren’t financially sound to have children. There are some people who want to get this goal crushed before they have children.
Worry about yourself. Spend time in your own than worrying if a couple who you may think would be the best parents, become one. Let newlyweds enjoy walking around their house naked if they want. Let them enjoy date nights, and having their new life centered before adding diaper changes and baby feedings in. Let folks live.