Pretty strange question right? During the summer, myself and my husband went to Italy on vacation. We met a Italian friend of my husband and his wife. They are married for 10 years and don't have kids. It is not that they can't have kids, but they don't want kids! They said with a straight face that kids are not worth the trouble! At first I thought they were joking. But they were pretty clear-headed as to their decision. They felt that they are more happy as couples than they would be as parents. They feel that kids are such a commitment that it will ruin their lives as individuals. According to them, as soon as a kid is born they stop living for them and start living for the kid. Life - for them - is too short to live for others! Driving back from their house, we felt that his friend and his wife were eccentric. We later realized that this is an attitude that is shared by many couples in Italy. That is why Italy has the lowest birth rate in the western world! While amusing, I just wanted to ask what you all feel about this attitude. Are kids worth it?