Two is Enough is the featured book in The Childfree Life (TCFL) goodreads.com book club this month and next. I am joining in the discussions when I can and in one discussion on the chapter on assumptions two women had commented that people always said they would be a good parent. One is a teacher and she wrote "Parent as a noun is common...it is the parent as a verb that is the hard part."
She was a sought-after babysitter when she was young but always though she’d make a better mentor or teacher than a parent.
I really identified with these comments. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid and the kids I babysat always requested that I be asked to baby sit again, but I never wanted to be a parent. So I posted this comment:
We get the "You'd be such great parents" or "Oh you guys are they type of people who should have kids" too.
I'm sure we could manage to be successful parents IF WE WANTED TO.
The WANT is what is missing.