"Well, you can take my son. That'll probably change your mind."
This is not the first time a comment like this has been made in the office. One of my coworkers even recorded one of her child's temper tantrums specifically for me!
So, people with kids...let me let you in on a little secret. For those of us who actually want children, you offering up yours for free in hopes to change our minds, is probably not going to work. When I say I want children, that means I want my own. That means I want to get married; get pregnant; birth my own children out of my own body; and raise them the way my husband and I want to raise them!!!
I'm aware of what having children entails and I get that it will not be a walk in a park. I've seen it in action plenty of times. I understand the things that people obviously don't think I'll understand unless they freely offer to give me their children. That won't change my mind, neither will side comments about how my opinion will change once children get here!
This tends to happen more often than one would expect, so I wanted to put it out into the universe for all the parents out there offering up their children, these kinds of deterrents don't work! And yes, I realize that most often these things are done in jest, but take it from me...it's not cool!!