Childless Couples

There’s still a social stigma around childless couples. I hear from couples who are pained by assumptions made that they’re selfish or narcissistic, or that they are lacking something in life by choosing to remain childless. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Couples that make a conscious decision to choose to remain childless can have very happy and fulfilling lives.

In spite of societal expectations and pressure from family members, some couples simply choose to remain childless. They don’t owe anyone an explanation for this choice. There are myriad reasons why a couple might make this decision, and all of them are privately made and owned by the couple in question. 

So, if you’re a wannabe grandparent who wants grandchildren please be supportive of this couple’s decision. If you believe that couples must have kids to be happy keep those feeling to yourself. Two adults in love can become an entire family without reproducing and have a very fulfilling life. 

There’s nothing lacking in a relationship without children. There is all the love, respect, affection, friendship and shared joy that is in any family. Plus, there are always dogs!  So, the next time you’re with a childless couple, be polite, be respectful, and accept that they may be perfectly happy together without small ones in their life. 


About the Author:

Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW helps couples to overcome the disconnection in their relationships. As an author, blogger and podcaster, Stuart has helped couples around the world to experience a unique relationship in which they can feel special and important, confident in knowing they are loved deeply and that their presence matters. The Couples Expert Podcast consists of weekly provocative conversations offering the perspectives and insight of experts from a variety of relationship related fields. Stuart also offers daily relationship video tips on The Couples Expert YouTube channel and by subscription in Stuart's Daily Notes. Stuart is happily married and a devoted father of 2 daughters. His office practice serves the greater Phoenix, Arizona area including the cities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa.