Cupid's Pulse Article: Jennifer Aniston Shoots Down Pregnancy and Pet RumorsCupid's Pulse Article: Jennifer Aniston Shoots Down Pregnancy and Pet Rumors

Despite what you may have heard, Jennifer Aniston is not having pups of any kind! ¬†Since Aniston’s rep issuing a denial statement to People had little to no effect on the rumors, the 41-year-old actress decided to shoot them down herself during a taping for Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. When DeGeneres asked if she was adopting another dog, Aniston jokingly replied, “I think you’re confusing that with the Mexican child I’m supposedly adopting.” When the laughter died down, she reassuringly answered, “No, I’m not adopting any children” and added, “And no doggies right now.”

What are ways to keep family and friends from pressuring you to have a child?

Cupid’s Advice:

Family pressure to have children can get overwhelming pretty quickly, so Cupid thought of a few ways for you to handle yourself in the situation:

1. Show: Without saying it, make it clear to your guests that you’re simply not ready for a child. Reference work a lot so they realize a child doesn’t fit well with your schedule, and let them see that the house isn’t baby-proofed. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.

2. Tell: If they can’t take the hint, it’s time for a family meeting. With your spouse or partner by your side, very calmly explain to your family and friends that having kids is a huge decision, and it’s not theirs to make. Tell them that the pressure is too much and reassure them that when you do make the decision, they’ll be the first ones to know.

3. Consider: The most effective way to get rid of the pressure is to give into it. Sit down and have a serious talk with your partner to see if having a baby is something you want to do. Are you both emotionally, mentally and financially ready? If the answer is still ‘no,’ it will at least reassure your family that you’ve thought about it.