Being childfree backfired on me when I applied for my dream job


I work in social services as a Parent Educator. Parent Education is a new program my company has recently started so essentially I am a guinea pig and learning as I go. I also happen to be childfree but I am not vocal about it since I work with children. My supervisors know I’m 23 and don’t have children.

Having children is not necessary for this line of work. I have a client to whom I’m supposed to be providing parenting services. I’ve worked with her in the past, she knows who I am, so I didn’t think we’d have issues setting up parenting meetings.

Boy was I wrong.

We planned to meet this past Monday. The client didn’t show up. I called her, no response. My supervisor messaged her, no response. I called the next day, no response. I emailed her social worker who informed me my client “will not work with a parenting educator that doesn’t have children.” Oy vey. I understand her view but I don’t think she should be talking since she lost custody of her 7 children. I’ve received training and education in childhood development. I’m no parenting specialist by any means but at least I didn’t lose custody of every child in my brood.

What would you do if your child or teenager threw a birthday party, and nobody showed up?

This didn’t happen to my son, but to my younger brother, on his 6th birthday (I was 17).

So my mom handed out every invitation and some parents actually responded and made sure they were going.

The day came and nobody showed up. My mom was furious and my brother was so sad. My mom was busy calling the parents, but I didn’t care about them, to be honest; I just wanted to cheer up my brother.

So I called some of my closest friends, and I told them, it’s my brother’s birthday party, come on over, there’s plenty of food.

In an hour they were there and we had a blast, we jumped in the bouncy house, and I taught my brother how to play FIFA, he opened his presents, and my friends actually got him something on their way. We sang happy birthday and he started crying and hugged me and we blew the candles together.

He forgot all about the people that didn’t show up and he slept like a baby.