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I'm a woman in my mid-30s with a PhD and I am called selfish all the time. First, it was for going to school for 12 years to complete my education and then it was not choosing not to get married and have kids. I have a great life, but many people can't seem to accept that. My mother told me I was selfish for not wanting kids, so I told her I would have them (via adoption) and she would raise them for me. I would just come over every two weeks to play with them for an hour. She told me she didn't have the patience to do that at her age. So I told her what is more selfish: Me choosing not to have kids or me having kids and expecting her to raise them for me because I can't be bothered?
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