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How to Talk about Having Children

Maybe God intended babies to mess with our well-planned lives.

For all the ways reality television star and Hollywood socialite Kim Kardashian and I differ from each other, we do share one striking commonality: We both turned 30 this year. And for both of us, our entry into this new decade sounded an alarm on our biological clocks. It is ticking ever so loudly, which means we are both thinking more and more about babies.

Kardashian recently shared her thoughts on the future with gossip magazine US Weekly, saying that she would like to try for kids in the next year. Kardashian explained, "Well, I won't have [a baby] by the end of the year, but maybe we'll start trying by the end of the year. After the wedding [to NBA player Kris Humphries]."

Although US Weekly's interview with Kardashian was a relatively benign, feel-good piece, it incited frustration in blogger (and onetime Christianity Today columnist) Mollie Ziegler Hemingway. Responding to the interview at Mommyish, Hemingway wrote,

"I guess what annoys me is the general idea that we can effectively plan when to have our children. I mean, it is true that you can take actions to prevent conception … But just because you want to have children doesn't mean they will come …
" … Kardashian is saying nothing that different from what I hear many men and women say. But should we treat babies as a consumer good? I mean, the last time I said I was hoping for something and hoping I'd get it by the end of the year, it was an iPad. Babies are no iPads. They are not consumer goods ...
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