By Sharon Kyatusiimire
Having children upon marriage is considered a natural progression by many. For Samuel Ssettumba, a journalist with 22 years of experience in the newsroom, however, that was not the desired direction. Ssettumba and his wife chose to wait for six years before having children in their marriage. This was no easy fit considering friends, family members, and society expect children to be the next item on the agenda for any married couple. Ssettumba shares their experience with us.
When and why did you decide to wait for six years before having children?
We made this decision with my wife before getting married. We wanted to spend time together and build a good dynamic between us before bringing the children into the equation. I was 26 years old at the time and she was 24. We calculated and realized that if we waited for six years, I would be 32 and she would be 30, which to me is a good time to have kids.
Was the idea to have no children immediately yours or your wife’s?
It was my idea, but when I presented it to her, she accepted. We discussed the benefits and a specific timeline and we both agreed that it was something that we wanted to do.
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