How Do You Define a Modern Family?
In the 1950’s, the ideal family consisted of a mother, father, two kids and a white picket fence. But the traditional family unit has evolved with extended families, single parents, gay parents, adoption and no children.
Childless and Happy
"People just assume because we got married and bought a house in suburbia that we are going to have children," says Aaron, who has been married to Rachael for more than three years.
"For us, kids just don't fit into our lifestyle," adds Rachael. She says they consider their two dogs to be their "babies."
The couple says not everyone is pleased with their choice. "Within a couple of days after we got married, my mother and [Rachael's] mother started to decide what the grandmother names were going to be," recalls Aaron.
"When I heard that Aaron and Rachael didn't want to have children, I was very disappointed," says Aaron's mother, Michele. "It had never occurred to me that they might not want to have children."
Noting that the couple is in their 20s, Michele says, "When you're that young, you don't really realize how important your family can be later on. When they get to be much older, they may regret it."
"We are happy and childless," Aaron declares with a grin.