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On the Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in Life

In the last several years, we’ve seen some some ink out there on who is happier – parents or those with no kids. I’ve lamented about the problems with some of the research in this area. This is why I was pleased to read the piece, “The...Show More Summary

The Childfree and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner again! I like to post this each year at this time because this day brings to mind one of the many bennies of being childfree: because the childfree don’t have kids, they have more time to devote to their relationships. Show More Summary

Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree

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

Israeli Scholar & Author Orna Donath Making Waves With her New Book

Sociologist and author Orna Donath is making waves in Europe with her new book, Regretting Motherhood. I have interviewed her here before about her research on motherhood and regret in Israel. She has now published a book on this topic. Show More Summary

Maternal Outliers in India: A Q&A with Amrita Nandy

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy about her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood,” and her upcoming book on this subject. Here is the Q&A: Q&A with Amrita Nandy What...Show More Summary

An Australian Politician Advocates for the Childless/Childfree

This is my speech on childlessness; it's gone 'viral', as they say. I delivered it in the period leading up to passage of the government's 'No Jab No Pay' legislation. In it, I point out just how much taxpayers' money parents of children receive, money they ought not expect. Show More Summary

Not Moms, Mark Your Calendars: The 2nd Not Mom Summit is October 14-15, 2016!

On October 9-10, 2015, over 100 women from as far away as Shanghai gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for the first Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site, The Not Mom, it was  first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance came together for presentations, discussions, and connection. Show More Summary

An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff

by Natalie Klempel Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers offers the reader a chance to experience the different aspects of body donation. There are so many different avenues that a cadaver can end up following body donation that many people do not know about. Show More Summary

The Childfree and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is aroudn the corner again! I like to post this each year at this time because this day brings to mind one of the many bennies of being childfree: because the childfree don’t have kids, they have more time to devote to their relationships. Show More Summary

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As 2015 came to a close, it marked another year of talking about the childfree choice  Let’s take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades....Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman

Not Your Mother’s Book….On Being a Woman is the first in a series by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen, co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, and ghost creators of many more Chicken titles. With this expertise, they make the perfect team to for an anthology collection with a twist. Show More Summary

Making a Case for Flex Time for All

It annoys me that many companies offer flex time for mommies but when a childless person asks for it they resist. The assumption being that if you don't have kids you are out partying or in your basement hosting swinger parties. LetShow More Summary

Connecting Generations: Review of Searching for Nannie B.

Nancy Owen Nelson’s entire life has been haunted by the death of her grandmother, Nannie B Russell Chandler, who passed away only an hour after giving birth to her mother. Nancy imagines her mother, also named Nannie, grappling withShow More Summary

The Connection Between Humanism & The Baby Matrix

Have you heard of Humanism? Upon reading the Nov/Dec 2015 edition of The Humanist published by the American Humanist Association, I learned a lot about the tenets of Humanism. In this edition, I was particularly moved by the articleShow More Summary

An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff

by Natalie Klempel Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers offers the reader a chance to experience the different aspects of body donation. There are so many different avenues that a cadaver can end up following body donation that many people do not know about.… Read more The post An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Have New Year’s Resolution to get Organized? Check Out The Book, Making Room for You

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start and are trying to stick to our new year resolutions. A common one is – Get organized! Purge what I don’t need! If this sounds like something you have promised yourself this year, hereShow More Summary

On the Nonfiction Book, The Power of Music

As Confucius wrote in The Book of Rites, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Music can fuel our imagination, fill us with emotion, and inspire us to move to its beat. Music can heal and connect us.… Read more The post On the Nonfiction Book, The Power of Music appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Zero Population Growth and Other Reasons Millennials Don’t Want Kids (Mic.com)

When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, “Meh. No, thanks.” According to data from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional...Show More Summary

You have to have kids!

I just enjoyed a quick reflection by Melissa Myer called “Childfree: is it really a choice?” that struck a familiar chord. Myer harkens back to her younger years, transporting us to the sort of awkward conversations puberty so often catalyzes. Show More Summary

Childfree Don’t Hate Children

Props to Jesse Nichols (@HappyNinjaUX) for reminding parents that childfree adults — indeed childfree couples — don’t hate children. Not necessarily. Not in his case, at least, nor in my case. Kids have been (and will continue to be) an important part of my life. Show More Summary

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