I wouldn't trade having a child of my own for anything in this world or the next. If you want a child, there's nothing like it, and it's worth every sacrifice you'll ever make.
That being said, having a child changes your priorities. You tend to travel less, see less theater, go to more kid-friendly restaurants, not have the time or energy for running around with friends, that kind of thing. If the freer lifestyle is important to you, then parenthood might not be your thing. You could still find a place to volunteer orinteract with children, but being a mom is 24/7.
at 3:08 PM on Mar. 27, 2013