(Closed) Boyfriend says he may never want kids or marriage

posted 4 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
1499 posts
Bumble bee

You can’t count on him changing his mind. It’s very possible that he could, in the future, want to have a family and kids. But you have to ask yourself if that’s something you’re willing to risk? If you decide to stay with him and in 10 years time, he still feels the same way, you have no one to blame but yourself. If he still feels the same way in 10 years, will you still feel the same about him? Or would you walk? 

Personally, it would be a deal breaker for me. 

Post # 3
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Honestly, I don’t think anyone can tell you what to do.. This is completely your decision. If it were me in the situation it would be a huge deal breaker. I have always and will always want a family and there is no way I would risk that for someone who doesn’t know if they want that too. Sure, people can change their minds but I honestly wouldn’t risk it. <br /><br />As for him still living at home and relying on his mom.. that can definately change! My fiance was the same way at 22 and I made him choose to either a) buy a house with me/ move out with me or b) break up with me. and honestly it was the best decision we could have made! He has grown up a lot since then and we couldn’t be happier!

Post # 4
7524 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you should believe him and move on.

Post # 5
53 posts
Worker bee

Kartiebee:  I would tell him how you feel. You used to talk about marriage and kids and those conversations made it seem like your relationship was going in that direction. Now, his no-marriage and kids plan has made you realize that you want different things out of life. Tell him that you love him and would love to see this relationship go the distance, but marriage and kids are non-negotiable things that you want at some point (assuming they are), and if his goals don’t allign with yours, it would be unfair to both of you for one of you to have to give that up. see what he says. you might have to walk away. 

Post # 6
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

eeniebeans:  This.

The most worrying part of what you’ve quoted your Boyfriend or Best Friend as saying is the ‘doesn’t want to be told what to do’  That’s a remarkably immature thing for a man of 23 to be saying.

It’s fine not to know for certain if you want children at 23 – at that age I wasn’t certain.   But added to his ‘I don’t know if it is fair to us to be together’ … I wouldn’t invest anymore time in this relationship.  Sounds like he is having serious doubts and is gearing up to a split anyway.


Post # 7
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If my Boyfriend or Best Friend at the time had started talking marriage and kids at 23, I’d have been gone so fast he wouldn’t have known what hit him. Marriage and kids aren’t for everyone, and they’re certainly not for everyone at such a young age. If you’re dead set on getting married in the next couple of years, he’s probably not the man for you. If it’s a “someday, it might be nice”, then it might be worth waiting. But in general, if your SO tells you something, believe them. He’s already told you he’s not ready. Believe that.

Post # 8
323 posts
Helper bee

I don’t want to sound harsh but it doesn’t sound like he’s committed to you if he’s using things like marriage and children which could well be 10 years away as an excuse to end your relationship. I would move on, men don’t usually say things like that unless they want to end a relationship, for whatever reason.

Post # 9
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

He is flat out telling you that you both want different things, and frankly it sounds like he wants out anyway. Believe him and find someone else who is a little more mature and has similar life goals to you. You don’t want to waste your 20s with a ‘maybe’.

Post # 10
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Kartiebee:  In my experience, a guy saying he doesn’t want marriage or kids means one of two things:

1) He doesn’t want marriage or kids, period.

2) He doesn’t want marriage or kids with you.

Either way, it sounds like you should walk as those two things seem to be non-negotiables for you. And while yes, he is young and may be nowhere near ready for marriage and kids at 23 (which is fine!), he should at least have that possibility in the back of his mind if he really wanted to commit to you. Does that make sense?

Post # 12
8879 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

it would be a dealbreaker for me.  if the guy i was seeing didn’t see marriage or kids in our future, he wouldn’t be the guy for me, no matter what other amazing qualities he possessed.


Post # 13
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Kartiebee:  If marriage and kids are important to you I would definately move on. He’s trying to tell you that he dosen’t think you two will be compatible in the future, and I think you should listen to him. He may never come around to the idea of marriage and kids. Or he may, but not necessarily with you. If I were you there’d be no way I’d wait around to see if he changes his mind years from now. I’d be out dating and keeping myself open to the possibility of meeting my future husband.

Post # 14
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If your idea of a good life involves marriage and children, and his idea of a good life doesn’t include either of those things, you’re better off breaking the relationship now rather than waiting and hoping he will change.

My husband was rather anti-marriage and is anti-children. I was marriage-ambivalent and anti-children. We realized that we would be together regardless of marriage because we love each other, but that getting married would make the process of moving abroad a lot easier. This is not the norm. But we communicated our wants and needs in life and we were able to come to a solution that works for us. You need to do this with your boyfriend and figure out if the piece of paper that makes a relationship a marriage is so important that you can’t live without it.

Post # 15
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Kartiebee:  It honestly sounds like he is just not mature. He might not want marriage/kids with you or just not right now. And even if it is just right now, that still means you, because you are his right now. I do not mean this as a negative towards you in any way, shape or form. I think this is HIS issue.

But you need to move on. Life is too short to waste your time with someone who doesn’t have the same marriage/family goals as you. You could be missing out on the man of your dreams while “waiting for him to change his mind”. And this guy has even admitted that he doesn’t feel that way about you. Maybe he’ll come around one day, but why spend your life waiting around? Spend your time working on you and enjoy being young. You’ll find a man with similar desires for a family with you.

I wasted a lot of time on a man who did not have similar goals. I thought he would change. He didn’t. Long story.  I decided I wouldn’t settle for less than I deserved. Now I am incredibly happy with a man who is on the same page as me. 🙂 

Best of luck to you!  

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