Me and my wife had discussed earlier and decided to not have kids (recently married & please don’t ask for reason / try to convince / talk about perks of having one). About a week ago our parents came visiting and they have been hinting or talking certain things which reference us having kids in the future. We feel very uncomfortable with the fact that they are addressing a future with kids. How do we handle this? Should we tell them now or is it better to reveal over phone after they head back?

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Since you are only recently married, just ignore them for now. It might just create a scene and ruin their visit. Take your time and sit through your decision and there is absolutely no possible way you have kids then tell them.


It’s up to you but I would suggest to tell them in person when they are about to leave back home! It’s a good decision to not have kids! Don’t know why our culture is hell- bent on having kids


Because not having kids was never an option due to reasons related society structure, unavailability of contraception, taboo for talking about sex, early marriages etc. So our mindsets got shaped accordingly.
Our generation is perhaps the first one to have this option of not having kids available!!

I would refrain from telling them now and would do it later over phone since it will most likely spoil their US trip. I would let them enjoy there time here.


EY1 & KPMG1 makes real sense to not discuss now. Thank you!


Tell them in person.


I think we culturally avoid confrontations with our family members on difficult issues and that is not actually healthy. I think it’s better to have a conversation with them in person. It won’t be easy or pleasant at all but it will help both of you in the long run


Tell them you have a plan. And a year or two later, convey the plan (ie you both decide not to have any kids).

No need to rush since you're recently married (however this might change based each of your parents).


I would personally take time to communicate such a decision. I do these things with each parent individually and then together. Also I take it slow, in this case, wait for the next trip Or when you go back home

My wife on the other hand is super upfront so she will tell her parents then and there

I guess no right answer but do what makes you comfortable

Finally, parents will always have something to say which you may not agree with / feel uncomfortable about. It’s okay to not worry about it for now and deal with it later


Yep, I would stall

OP tell your parents and be done with it. No need to give them False hopes

Thank you all for your insight. We decided to let them have their time in the US and tell them when we visit India

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