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At the rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding, my husband’s dad stood up and gave a best man’s speech. “The Bible says,” he began as I hid behind my maid of honor, anticipating what was likely to come next, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”
Boy did my face turn red! And so began a six-year (and counting) game of “Dodge the Dreaded Question.” You know the one I’m talking about: “So, when are you two going to have a baby?” The asker usually addressing you with a slight lilt and dragging out the “a” in baby.
As a DINK, you’ve probably encountered “the dreaded question” numerous times. From your grandmother, your mom, your newly-pregnant BFF, dear Aunt Susie, the frazzled mother of five (whom you’ve never met) standing behind you in line at Target, and yes, even your in-laws. And like me, when someone asks you “the question,” your first instinct is likely one of the following:
However, while all of these options may provide an easy way out of the situation, this probably isn’t the best way to handle it. To successfully answer (and sometimes even dodge) the question while keeping your relationships intact and still coming across as the smart, sensitive DINK that you are, you basically have two options:
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