Why I never wanted to be a mother

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I was never going to be a mother. Because, why would anyone want to do that?

After a decade working in business I know how to put together a cost/benefit analysis, and the business case for motherhood just doesn’t stack up.

For starters, it’s an industrial relations nightmare. No sick pay, no penalty rates, no holiday pay. Who am I kidding, it’s no pay. Full stop. And the hours are horrendous.

And motherhood is about 80 per cent domestic work. I didn’t like doing domestic work before I had kids. Why would I suddenly start loving it after I had them?

I just could not work out, for the life of me, who in their right mind would choose to clean up bodily fluids, without pay and without any social recognition.

Still, people do it. And some people, they do it again.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t want children. I desperately wanted to have my own children.

It was just the whole motherhood part of the deal that I struggled with. I remember thinking, “Is there an option for me to be a dad?”

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