Nearly half of all the women in the world are childless. The majority of these women wish to remain that way, at least for the time being. When I started looking into the childfree lifestyle, I realized women are not the only ones thinking (or not thinking as the case may be) about having children. Where there are childless women, there must also be childless men, right?
It wasn’t long before my browser history changed from queries about otherhood and childlessness to DINKs.
What is a DINK? A cutesy acronym, of course. But what does it mean? To put it simply, DINK stands for dual income- no kids, i.e. working couples without children.
A few google searches later and I was able to put two and two together. I realized, Hey! That’s my life!
And the lives of many, many others it turns out.
I was pretty excited, perhaps overly so, that my husband and I fit into some sort of community that we could finally and easily identify with. There are people like us out there! But when it came time for me to share the news of my newfound DINKhood with others, they quickly became confused.
Don’t you have to be really well off? Career-oriented? But you are going to have kids one day, right? et cetera, et cetera.
Before my proverbial bubble burst, I took a deep breath and responded with a resounding “no” to each and every question thrown my way. And it really is just that simple.
While my husband and I both work full-time, we are square in the middle of the lower-middle class. Our neighborhood is small but cannot afford to be called quaint. Our jobs are important to us but we didn’t set out for careers. Our babies have fur and will never leave home. Those two intense Boston Terriers are the closest things we will ever have to children (and yes, they will live forever).
So maybe we’re not the textbook couple you’d originally have in mind. Maybe we’re just rinky-dink DINKs? And that my friends is how this blog was born.
Please check out the Start Here page to find out more about the content of this blog and ways to stay involved.
Let me know in the comments section what you think of DINKs. Are you one yourself? Or would you never dream of it? One lucky commenter will receive a free gift!