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In the 24 years I have been answering questions from parents, I have not been asked this question before.
“I’ve been with my wife for three years. She has a daughter from her previous marriage and they share custody. One big problem! I don’t like kids. I always knew this. I feel awkward around children and they make so much noise and mess. I have tried so much to love the little girl. I take her to fun places, buy her gifts, and give her a hug once per day. Still after three years, I feel no fatherly connection or even a love connection. She is not a naughty kid either.”
Some people just don’t like children. Children are noisy and messy. They need a lot from the grownups responsible for them and they can demand a lot even from grownups who are around them occasionally in a social situation. Most people like children and I can understand why you feel uncomfortably different. You are concerned that you are not “normal” or that you are lacking something that everyone else seems to have.
Why do most people like children? It’s a biological thing: we are wired so that when we see any baby that has the big eyes and cheeks we recognize as a “babyface” (even in other species like puppies or kittens), we melt. Right after birth the mother has lots of oxytocin that does two important things. It acts on the uterus to shrink it down so it won’t bleed and it makes the mother extra-receptive to the sight and feel of her new baby.
Why don’t you feel this way? There could be lots of possible reasons. Maybe you grew up the only or eldest child and was never exposed to babies or young children. Maybe you don’t know beans about how to act around little kids. Maybe you are afraid of doing something wrong because you don’t understand how children feel or think.
You could get counseling to figure out why you feel this way and should if this is a big concern. But if the check list of your life adds up to “good” (you and your wife have a solid, loving relationship; you have adult friends you like; you are employed at a satisfying job; you have hobbies and interests outside of work; and you aren’t stuck in today but think/dream about your future) perhaps another tack will work.
You see, I don’t think it matters why you feel this way. What matters is that you are now a stepfather and want to be a good daddy to this little girl or you would not have written to me.
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