I Thought My Religious Duty Was to Have Babies, But I’d Have Been Happier Without Kids

After an exhausting day as a newly single mom and sole wage earner of four teenagers, I typed into Google “I wish I’d never had kids.”

In November of 1975, the year before I was born, advice columnist Ann Landers asked her readers, “If you had it to do over again, would you have children?”

Nearly 10,000 parents replied on handwritten postcards.

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