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The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree

I was pleased to recently see an interview study conducted by sociologist Amy Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart. Amy and I have worked together on International Childfree Day and have been involved with the NotMom Summit. She and Dyer Stewart interviewed 12 women and 10 men on the reasons they chose not to have children. Show More Summary

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

This book will hit your heart and mind, hard. Author Katy Butler has written a moving and informative memoir that will stick with you and inspire contemplation. In Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, we intimately...Show More Summary

Q&A with Crystal Money, the 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year

Want to learn more about Crystal Money, the 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year? She was kind enough to do this Q&A: Can you tell us about your work with the Siegel Institute for Leadership and the annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference?Show More Summary

Jennifer Aniston, Chinmayee Manjunath and the Baby Matrix

I predict you have seen Jennifer Aniston’s recent piece, “For the Record.” It coupled with Chinmayee Manjunath’s, “Why Motherhood is Choice I Decided not to Make” deserve discussion.  Getting Beyond Being Fed Up Jennifer Aniston’s had it with all the pregnancy rumors and more. Show More Summary

The 2016 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year

Each year on International Childfree Day (today!), the winners of the Childfree Man and Woman of the Year are announced. Here are this year’s winners and their nomination submissions. Ladies first: 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year Nomination...Show More Summary

On the Novel, Human Slices, by Gloria Bowman

Shortly after my Q&A with author Gloria Bowman, her novel, Human Slices finally made it to the top of my reading stack. But if you follow my Book Review Corner, my stack is all nonfiction, right? There are exceptions, to be sure. Human...Show More Summary

The Nominations for 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year are In!

The nominations for 2016 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year have gone to the Selection Panel. Winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day! Meanwhile, want to know about past winners? Check them out Here! The post The Nominations for 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year are In! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

The Childfree in Novels and Films: A Q&A with Author Gloria Bowman

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Gloria Bowman about her novel, Human Slices, which has a main female character who is childfree. We also got into the childfree in novels and films. Check it out: Q&A with Gloria Bowman What...Show More Summary

Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?

by Laura Carroll & Marcia Drut-Davis It’s official – With Marcia Drut-Davis, author of Confessions of a Childfree Woman, in her 70s and me in my 50s, we’re childfree elders. Childfree crones. We’ve been working toward societal acceptance of having no children by choice for quite some time now. Show More Summary

Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision

One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation. Show More Summary

Around the Corner: Nominations for the 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year

We are coming up on an exciting time of the year – Nominating and celebrating the winners of the annual Childfree Man and Woman of the Year award! The winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day. How did this start? Check it out. Show More Summary

Professor Kimya Dennis on Year 2 of her Course, The Childfree

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the second time and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Show More Summary

What an Adventure It Was!

On May 23rd I posted about an upcoming three-week adventure to Croatia and Slovenia, topped off with stops in Prague and Vienna. What a great trip it was – I even added a short trip to Mostar, Bosnia, and had lunch in Italy (Slovenia is so close to Italy)! I finished both books I wrote […] The post What an Adventure It Was! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Beyond Childfree as a Choice

Sarah Kasbeer recently published an enlightened article on Bustle.com. She talked about how being childfree was not so much a “choice” for her, but something more. Let me explain. Beyond Childfree as a Choice First, Kasbeer expresses...Show More Summary

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

I have followed the work of journalist and author Peggy Orenstein over the years, and learned a lot from her, particularly her books, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Schoolgirls. Her latest,  Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is no exception. Show More Summary

Time for an Adventure!

Today I am embarking on a three-week adventure to Croatia and Slovenia! I’ll also top it off with stops in Prague and Vienna. What books am I taking with me? Other Than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind, by Kamalamani....Show More Summary

Terry Gross’ Interview on Not Having Kids

Recently one of my favorite interviewers – and a childfree one at that – was interviewed on the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. Check out this interview with Terry Gross,  the host and co-executive producer of the radio show, Fresh...Show More Summary

Mothers Speak Out about Regret

The Guardian recently published this article titled Love and Regret about mothers who wished they had never had children. The comments that follow this article reflect gratitude that we can finally talk honestly about the hardships of...Show More Summary

Where the Books, Love Heals Baby Elephants & Man Swarm Meet

Melanie Davis recently reviewed and now I have read Love Heals Baby Elephants: Rebirthing Ivory Orphans myself. In addition to wonderful photos and stories of not only baby elephants but rhinos and lions, I was particularly moved when reading the last few chapters of this book. Show More Summary

Love Heals Baby Elephants: Rebirthing Ivory Orphans

I recently learned of what I could tell is a very moving book about baby elephants that have been orphaned as a result of  poachers slaughtering their parents for their ivory. And indeed it is. Melanie Davis of my book review team writes...Show More Summary

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