10 Things Never to Say to Childless Friends
The questions and comments women without kids hate hearing
4. "It must be nice to have time to read a book/go to the movies/have a romantic dinner."
Just because a friend doesn't have kids doesn't mean she's living a life of leisure, says Carroll. "Many childless adults are as busy as parents, but they spend their time in different ways," she says. "Statements like this also imply that parents have it worse, and there's pressure to feel sorry for them." A better option? Simply ask: "Have you seen any good movies/been to any good restaurants lately?"
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5. "I didn't invite you because there will be kids at the party."
Never exclude a couple because you think they might be uncomfortable with pint-sized guests. "It isolates them and treats them like outcasts," says Utay. "They're childless adults—not children—and can make their own decisions." Instead, offer the invitation and subtly make it clear who the guests will be. Try: "We're having a few families over for a barbecue, and we'd love it if you'd join us."
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