Laura Carroll joined the childfree acronym parade yesterday on her blog La Vie Childfree. She was responding to “In China, having children is no longer a given”, an article in the Los Angeles Times about China’s demographic time bomb. Although the one-child rule is considered the primary cause, problems are being accelerated by young Chinese couples who choose to remain childfree.
In addition to today’s trends of the Chinese seeing parenthood as a choice… “Dogs are the new bundles of joy for some childless families, giving rise to a new phenomenon known as ding chong, or ‘double income with pet.’” … So if ding chong includes childfree families, that makes me one too. But if it means my pet is my “bundle of joy,” I remain a DINK and a GINK, not a ding chong ~ (La Vie Childfree)
I often joke with Susan that Griffin, our three year old Labrador Retriever, isn’t our child.
“But he’s my baby,” she counters.
“He’s our dog,” I remind her.
I’ll let her know that she’s on a slippery slope along with Laura Carroll. DINK today, ding chong tomorrow!
- DINKs, GINKs, Now Ding Chong’s (lauracarroll.com)
- In China, having children is no longer a given (latimes.com)
- Top 10 WNK Links (whynokids.com)