By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
All parents have moments when they question their decision to have children or dream about the days when it was just the two of them. For most of us, though, they're just brief, passing thoughts brought on during stressful times like "let's everyone have a temper tantrum at once" and "this trip to Disney World with a three-year-old and six-month-old may have been a mistake." This isn't the case for Isabella Dutton. She freely admits that having two children is "the biggest regret of her life." What's more, England's Daily Mail did an entire story about her wish that she'd remained childless.
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"My son Stuart was five days old when the realization hit me like a physical blow: having a child had been the biggest mistake of my life," the article begins. It wasn't a matter of needing to settle into motherhood or maybe that infants don't provide as much entertainment as older children, either. Dutton had never wanted kids, but she didn't want to rob her husband of the chance to be a father. And even though having her son confirmed that she was not interested in being a mother, she chose to have two children because Dutton felt that it was utterly selfish to only have one.
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So why come forward and publicly admit that she firmly believes her life would have been "so much happier and more fulfilled" without children? Dutton sees it as being honest and telling the truth. She even asserts that many other mothers secretly feel the same way, but it's an inviolable rule of nature to admit you don't like your life with children. Still, is telling a major publication that "I resented the time my children consumed. Like parasites, they took from me and didn't give back," the best way to get fellow moms to admit life with kids isn't always a bed of roses?
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Interestingly enough, this is the second piece this year the Daily Mail has run about mothers regretting their decisions to have children. In an article published in February, a 47-year-old mother with a four-year-old child wonders if she's too old and set in her ways to be a good parent.
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