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2016 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

Each year, the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2016 brings to mind some of my favorite books we reviewed here in 2016. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2016: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   Boy, did I devour My Life...Show More Summary

Learn More about Vincent Ciaccio, 2016 Childfree Man of the Year

The 2016 Childfree Man of the Year is a busy guy! At last, the folks at International Childfree Day recently did this Q&A with him: Can you tell us about the childfree study you conducted for your Master’s thesis? My childfree Master’s...Show More Summary

Should Airplanes Offer Childfree Zones? (NJ.com)

When budget air carrier IndiGo announced it would now offer child-free Quiet Zones on its flights, many criticized the move as discriminatory towards kids. No U.S. carrier has made the change — but should they? Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Scoot Airlines have all added adults-only spaces on their flights. Show More Summary

Millennials & Wanting/Having Kids: Discussing the Numbers

Some new numbers from a Pew Research Center (PRC) FactTank article got me pondering. It states that “Millennial women (those born from 1981 to 1997) accounted for about eight-in-ten (82%) U.S. births in 2015.” Now that is a high percentage. Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

Wishing You an Amazing 2017! The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016

At the beginning of 2016, I took stock of 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice. As we near the end of this year, I’d like to do the same just for this  past year, and this time widen the discussion a bit.  What positive trends have we seen this past year? Here are […] The post Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016 appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Assumptions about the Childfree and Christmas

At this time of year, people without children by choice can come up against inaccurate assumptions others make about them. Many people can assume that this growing segment of the population tends not to celebrate Christmas because they don’t have kids. Show More Summary

The Most Common Perceptions of Childfree Women in Africa and the UK

I recently asked Nina Steele, who is from West Africa, now lives in the UK, and runs nonparents.com, to write about her experience of what people think of childfree women in these two countries. Here is what Nina wrote: A Foot in Two...Show More Summary

Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?

I recently had the opportunity to talk about The Baby Matrix with Catherine Savini and Beverly Army Williams of MotherShould?, a site for those who are or have been on the fence about motherhood. Check out the  interview: Talking The...Show More Summary

Adele on her Motherhood Moments: "I Fckin' Hate This!"

In the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Singer/Songwriter Adele speaks frankly about her experience of motherhood. When the Vanity Fair contributor Lisa Robinson commented that she thought it was brave of Adele to have a child...Show More Summary

Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff

Author Alison Stewart began the development of Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff in a way that I love to approach book projects. Sparked by an experience in her life, she was left with questions she had a passion to answer. Show More Summary

Talking The Baby Matrix on Nina Steele’s Nonparents.com

Nina Steele, who runs nonparents.com, recently asked me to do a featured post on her site about The Baby Matrix.  Read it here as well: A Glimpse into The Baby Matrix In the last 15+ years, the question, “Is it OK to not want kids?” has been discussed and studied more than ever before. Show More Summary

Birth Rates Fall as Childfreedom Becomes Acceptable (Daily Express)

[In the UK] “increasing numbers are choosing not to have children at all, according to the Office for National Statistics… Childlessness, either by circumstance or choice, is also becoming increasingly common with 17 per cent of theShow More Summary

Busting Myths: This Time – Thanksgiving Myths

Discussing pronatalism as well as the childfree choice involves the busting of myths. What else has myths that surround it? The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Check it out: Thanksgiving Myths Vs. Facts Thanksgiving Myth: In 1621, the pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, and and it was celebrated every year thereafter. Show More Summary

Childfree = Time to Do Other Things (Independent.ie)

Irish businesswoman Aileen Eglington, director of PR company, AE Consulting… refuses to be defined or diminished by the fact that she has no children…”I never wanted children,… I just didn’t want to do it. So many things can give you fulfillment. Show More Summary

Research on the Childfree in Australia

Zoë Krupka’s piece, “Childfree: why women who choose not to have kids are given such a hard time” on theconversation.com speaks to some interesting research on the childfree in Australia. Social Exclusion One study titled “Social Exclusion...Show More Summary

Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

The adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” is not always accurate, which I discovered when the mail arrived and I opened the package containing Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses. Immediately impressed withShow More Summary

An Atypical Chick, by Rhonny Dam

Review by Melanie Holmes When it comes to having children, An Atypical Chick: A Gay Man in a Woman’s Body Coming Out to Change Life As We Know It throws facts into the face of emotion and religion. Author Rhonny Dam has a lot to say, and her quick-witted flair relays pain in way that […] The post An Atypical Chick, by Rhonny Dam appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters?

I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin. I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at […] The post Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Chewing on Myths Single People Face

Reading the recent article, “The New Science of Single People” published on nymag.com’s Science of Us got me thinking about what lifelong single people have in common with the childfree: it revolves around being subject to myths. In her informative piece, Jesse Singal discusses “common cultural scripts” about marriage versus staying single. Show More Summary

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