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Do you like children?

October 4, 2017
  • Absolutely, they’re precious!
  • Yes, as long as they’re not my own
  • No, I don’t care for them

Children – they’re the cherubic faces with sticky fingers and boundless energy that either light up our world or leave us diving for cover. Whether you’re someone who can’t get enough of these little wonders or you’re the person who politely smiles while inching away at family gatherings, we all have our feelings about children. But what drives our sentiments? Let’s take a peek into the minds of Americans and see why someone might choose each of the answers in our recent poll: Do you like children?

“Absolutely, they’re precious!”

You’ve seen them at the playground or at family reunions, those adults who can’t help but coo, cuddle, and play with the nearest child. These are the folks who wholeheartedly agree that children are indeed “precious.”

joyful children playing in a sunny park, embodying innocence and happines

Children bring an element of purity, innocence, and joy into the world. In fact, a survey showed that over 60% of adults smile when they see a child laugh. The honest questions they pose, their wide-eyed wonder, and their genuine reactions to the world can be truly heartwarming.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” While he was probably referring to kittens, the sentiment can be extended to children. Each child is a unique piece of art, embodying creativity, possibility, and hope for the future.

“Yes, as long as they’re not my own.”

Ah, the sentiment of many an aunt, uncle, or child-free friend who loves to indulge the kiddos with sugar and toys, knowing they can hand them back when the sugar crash hits.

kids sitting and listening

It’s not that they don’t appreciate the magic of children. They absolutely do! But they also value their peace, quiet, and a clutter-free home. There’s a beauty in engaging with a child, teaching them something new, and then, well… letting their parents handle bedtime.

Some folks enjoy the freedom and spontaneity their lives offer without kids in the equation. Did you know that Americans without children are more likely to take spontaneous trips or engage in impromptu social events? That’s not to say parents can’t be spontaneous, but let’s be real, packing for a day out with a toddler requires a strategy akin to a military operation.

Mark Twain humorously remarked, “When a child turns 12, he should be kept in a barrel and fed through the knot hole, until he reaches 16… at which time you plug the hole.” Perhaps some people enjoy the company of children just before the barrel stage.

“No, I don’t care for them.”

We get it. Not everyone’s cup of tea is filled with child’s play, and that’s absolutely okay. Some individuals value tranquility, predictability, and a world where “Baby Shark” isn’t on repeat.

kids acting out making mess in the store

A survey indicated that nearly 30% of Americans appreciate silence over the sound of children playing. It’s not necessarily a dislike for kids but rather a preference for a serene environment.

Moreover, children require a significant amount of attention, energy, and patience. As the saying goes, “Raising children is like being pecked to death by a chicken.” Some simply prefer their interactions with adults, where the conversation doesn’t revolve around the latest episode of a cartoon show or why the sky is blue.

Virginia Woolf once stated, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Perhaps for some, a quiet dinner without interruptions or food being thrown is the epitome of dining well.

In Conclusion

The diverse opinions about children reflect the tapestry of personalities, priorities, and preferences that make up our great nation. Whether you’re head over heels for the little ones, you love them in moderation, or you prefer your interactions kiddo-free, it’s all a part of the grand American mosaic. After all, whether we cherish them, borrow them, or respectfully admire them from a distance, children will always be a significant part of our society. And as we unpack these sentiments, one thing’s for sure: America’s got feelings about kids, and they’re as varied as the children themselves.

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