Eleanore Wells is the author of "The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree." You can read more from Eleanore on her blog EleanoreWells.com.
Recently, New York Magazine ran an article about different countries around the world “incentivizing” their residents to have more babies. For example, Russia’s Ulyanovsk region declared September 12th the Day of Conception – people are given a day off work for the purpose of conceiving. If a baby is produced, the couple becomes eligible to win cash prizes, a car or a new refrigerator.
I’ve often thought that the thing that might convince me to have a baby is if I lived in a very large mansion, with the baby and the staff of nannies having their own separate quarters. That’s actually what might have made me get married too! From time to time, I’ve even fantasized about having a husband who had his own bedroom – since I like my own space.
The article reminded me that a few years ago, a guy I was dating brought up the subject of marriage. I tried to envision what it might be like to be married to him and I remember thinking, “At the very least, we would have to have separate bedrooms” (and maybe even on separate floors). I would really need to have my own space.
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