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why do people feel they have the right to ask when we're going to have a baby?

First of all, it's none of their damn business and I would LOVE to reply that way to all who ask. But more so, its a personal and intrusive question and I don't think I owe anyone any answers? nor do I think they have the right to ask it. (Yes, I know, free speech is in the Constitution! LOL)

I generally prefer the response of "never!!" to that question because people get weirded out and pissed and shut up immediately. Then I can walk away laughing or smiling or change the subject if I still have to talk to the offender. (They NEVER ask again.) To a small minority of more dense people, I follow that up with, "that is a personal subject which is none of your business". Then they seem to drop it.

The most recent offender was my brother. He and his wife keep his side of the family at an arms length from them and their 2 young children. They are very cold with me and my parents. It is what it is. I'm not harping on that? but then the ? from my brother (to my husband) then bugs me even more. 

Thing is, because I don't trust my brother, I can't stand their circle of gossipy friends, and cannot help wondering why he even asked and how they will use this against us. (thankfully, they live kind of far away, so I don't see them regularly)

My husband thinks it was an innocent question which indicates the potential to patch things up in the future.

Meanwhile, IF we ever have kids I do not plan on telling them anything? ever. They can find out whatever future news we have through the grapevine? Probably sounds incredibly immature from the outside, but its really just a reflection of how much I don't trust them. (For one reason, they used to spy on me when we lived in the same town in the past, and have used other methods of spying since they moved away.)

Re: why do people feel they have the right to ask when we're going to have a baby?

  • I have heard of people responding " Do you spit or swallow? Oh, sorry, I thought we were asking each other realy intrusive questions about our sexs lives."

    H had a vasectomy, so when people ask I tell them we can't have children. Now THAT shuts them up. 

  • LMAO Harry87? love your advice! Thank you! I'm gonna have to remember them both, for all the next times.
  • I second Harry87 advice. I'll have to use that line sometime.
  • LOL, that's a fantastic line. My stepmother (whom I love dearly) has been particularly pushy with me about when my husband and I are having kids. She started in on me before he and I were even dating! She is only 15 years older than I am and could totally have another herself, but my dad is an older guy and is done having kids. I chalk it up to her just having baby on the brain.

  • I agree with other posters. If someone has just asked you an intrusive question that makes you feel uncomfortable, responding with something equally intrusive or just saying "that's not an appropriate question" is a good way to shut that down. That way, the questioner will feel uncomfortable, too.

    My husband and I get this a lot, too, because we've been together eight years. I think people really just don't think about what they're asking... just making conversation. Pointing out that they've crossed into sensitive/personal territory can be helpful.

  • A quick reply of "My uterus, my decision" usually shuts them up.
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  • Honestly, I would just flat out say that it's none of their business, because it isn't. And don't feel bad for saying it. I don't think I'd have the nerve to say anything stronger than that, but I do like some of the responses above!
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  • I HATE that question. We go to a church filled with a lot of elderly people that seem to be interested in my husbands family so I get asked this on a weekly basis, often by people I've never met in my life!

    Thankfully my hubby is the youngest in the family so his elder sisters both have kids to keep his side busy and even though I'm the eldest in my family, we married young so my family isn't pressuring us yet!

    I generally just tell people that we'll have children when we're ready and until then we're just enjoying being newly weds!
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    A quick reply of "My uterus, my decision" usually shuts them up.

    I am SO starting to use this on FMIL. She's soooo insanely pushy about everything... maybe THIS will finally shut her up. 
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