Well, Moonbunny, I do not know anyone who enjoys being around unruly children including the parents of other children.
As for the childfree hating children, that is a another stupid stereotype about the childfree. While it is certainly true that some childfree people hate children (even though I have yet to met one who would be happy if one died), I have met plenty parents who were not interested in other people's children and, unfortunately, even a few who were not interested in their own.
That is, unfortunately, too true. In fact, I know a set of parents who have no interest in other people's children, and no interest in the two they have - and yet they want to have a third child because "all the family" is "catching up to them," and they absolutely cannot stand for someone to have what they perceive as "more" than they have. But these are children we're talking about; not posessions - why bother to have more kids when you don't pay attention to the 2 you already have, just so you can claim bragging rights to having the "most" children in the family? Who really cares?
At this point in my life, I'm just not ready to have a child, but that doesn't mean I'm some abusive, hateful ogre who doesn't think the loss of a child is a terrible thing, especially when that child has not had a chance at life. Why is it that those of us who choose to remain childfree are so vilified? Like anything else in life, it's a choice, and not one to be entered into lightly.
After all, kids are not collectible figurines - you can't just pack them in a box and put them in a dark corner of the basement and forget about them when it gets to be "too much work" to take care of them. You can certainly choose to neglect them, but if that's the case, then you shouldn't be having children to begin with. These relatives of mine would rather spend their time going out like a couple of drunken college kids every night (they're in their early 30s, as am I) than spend time at home with their kids - yet I'm
the infamous "child-hater" of the family, because I have no kids.
What's wrong with this picture?