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Mom asks if she's wrong for confessing she regrets having children after sister says she wants to have one.

Mom asks if she's wrong for confessing she regrets having children after sister says she wants to have one.

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One of the most repressive parts of a culture centered around toxic positivity (hiding real feelings behind buzzy sayings that make others feel comfortable), is how it causes people to feel shameful about honestly expressing complex experiences.

The pressure to focus on the positive and spin straw into gold is particularly prevalent when it comes to the world of parenting, where women are often villainized if they don't couch feelings of exhaustion in assurances that they love being a mom.

But what about the women who love their kids, but don't love being a mom?! Are they supposed to grin and lie for the sake of other people's comfort?

In a recent post on the Am I The A*shole subreddit, a mom of three asked if she was wrong for getting honest with her sister about regretting having kids.

AITA for saying I regret having children?

OP shared that she has a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and 8-month old, and the kids' father left when she was pregnant for the youngest.

I have three children, 4, 2, 8 months.

Their father left when I was pregnant with the youngest.

Because she's raising the kids solo and the father is unemployed, OP has to work long hours and doesn't get any financial support.

OP clarified that she loves her children deeply, but working long hours and mustering the emotional energy to raise them has left her feeling like a drained husk.

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