Letter:Pleasures of parenthood

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The Independent Online
Sir: Fran Abrams is right. Children are expensive and prevent one from doing your own thing (for a short time relative to one's whole life). I respect her decision not to have children.

However, while sitting outside with my two children, eating pizzas before bedtime, and listening to my nine-year-old telling a subversive and lavatorial version of the Goldilocks story to amuse her six-year-old brother, it struck me, not for the first time, that children bring an extra dimension to one's existence, and provide a very necessary foil to our overweening concerns with our careers and ourselves. If Ms Abrams doesn't want to have children then she shouldn't have any. But she is missing out.