I love your Q&A column, but it’s very shortsighted of you to say “no-one ever regrets the kids they have”. I know many women who had children because they felt they HAD to. Having a child is one of the biggest gambles a woman can make, so please don’t reduce it to nothing just because, as a man, you don’t have to risk your health, body, future earnings and career to do so. I get that you are a family man, but please don’t go around spouting nonsense like this. You’re smarter than that.
The women who work for me (all mums) went crazy over your question — some for, some against.
I certainly wasn’t suggesting that having children is ‘nothing’. (My wife is currently in her third trimester, coming into a sweaty summer, and our two young boys have worked out there’s an intruder about to enter the house, so our life is anything but the Brady Bunch.)
All I said was “no one ever regrets the kids they have … only the ones they don’t”. And I think the vast majority of parents would agree with that … well, eventually.