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But I wonder if any of the FIREs on this board actually said to themselves, "if I have children, I won't be able to retire early; therefore, I won't have children.

I'm actually having exactly this conversation with my fiancée. For me, it's linked with other anxieties about being a parent. It pretty much boils down to this:

1. I'm not particularly excited about having kids;
2. Being a parent is hard enough when you're excited about it, so if you're not excited about it, you probably shouldn't even think about it.

I'm selfish enough to fear that I'd resent my fiancée (or even worse, the kid) for delaying my ability to take a hike from work. Until I get that worked out, it seems foolhardy to run the risk of mangling a child's mental health due to my own goals for myself.

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