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Yep, there’s that same old “You don’t have kids because you’re selfish” charge leveled at us because we don’t have kids. Never mind the fact that some of us don’t want kids or can’t have them. Or that some people with kids can be the most selfish people in the world.
It’s late for me to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Not everyone wants kids. I don’t and neither does JCB nor do some other people on this board. Needing someone to take care of you in old age is NOT a good reason for having a baby. That baby could grow up to be someone who will never come to visit you in the nursing home if you should wind up there. Furthermore, having a child just for that reason is selfish and exploitative; you’d essentially be using your son/daughter. No, there is one reason—and one reason only—for having a kid: because you want one. Those of us who have fur babies have them because we want them. Even though it doesn’t make sense to you, we love our cats or dogs as much as anyone else would love a human child. Thus, we pet owners want to be respected and we want our choice not to be parents respected.
That’s just the point. Brad won’t correct Shannon on her behavior, nor will Toni. They’re don’t ever discipline Shannon because they fear her wrath if they say “no.”
Boundaries? Brad and Toni don’t know the meaning of the word boundaries, especially when it comes to teaching them to a kid like Shannon. They let her get away with virtually anything because she’ll get pissed if they tell her “no.”
Yeah. Me, too.
Because we can’t stand kids—fictional or real.
Even with the best parenting, a kid could still turn out to be a real brat. Yes, it does depend largely on how you raise them, but kids have their own personalities and some are more problematic than others. A parent just has to be ready to deal with anything that comes up. That’s why I don’t think parenting should be pushed on anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to handle it.
Have you read “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud? It’s an excellent read in which he explains, in comic-strip form, some theories about comic strips, including abstraction of characters and the gutters (the spaces between the panels). I don’t know what you teach at City Colleges of Chicago, but it’s a book worthy of academic study and can be used for teaching lessons on visual rhetoric.
Yeah, it seems so. But whenever this topic comes up on Luann—or anywhere else—I find myself getting dismayed. I just find myself wondering why people, even fictional ones, feel the need to have kids. I think it’s because I don’t want any myself or I feel left out—probably both. It’s not easy being childfree when our culture reveres having kids. Why can’t society celebrate people without kids as much as they do parents?