Nearly 46 percent of American women through age 44 are childless – up from 35 percent in 1976. Some call it childless (when it is unsought) and others call it childfree (when it is by choice), but one way or another many Americans now live in households without children.
Today, life without children has become a matter of choice for many couples. Many are just content moving on with life without children. These people have their own reasons and they deserve to be respected for their decision. Can married couples without a child stay happy? Apparently so. For married couples who call themselves childfree (who have no kids by choice even though they’re capable of producing kids) many claim to be happy.
But for those who really want kids and cannot have them – those who are childless – the situation can be challenging. One spouse may feel frustrated when a partner’s infertility derails his or her plans for children.
An infertile couple facing a life without children usually comes to face the fact that this situation is not the end of the world. If adopting a child is not in the cards, the husband and wife accept the situation and move on. Being content can be the beginning of lasting happiness.
Childless couples can lead happy lives and keep their marital bond strong amid life’s trials. Blaming a partner leads to guilty feelings and depression. Acceptance is crucial. Staying together gives other couples a good example that it’s not only a child that completes a marriage. After all, the couple promised to love and support each other through good times and bad. The couple that can live this have every chance for a successful marriage even without children.
A marriage without children means there is quality time together. Couples who support each other and do things together develop a closer bond that stands the test of time. Not having responsibilities towards children frees time for each other.